Düsseldorf Airport Cargo repeatedly awarded IATA‘s CEIV recertification


Düsseldorf (DUS) Airport Cargo has for the third time in a row achieved IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification. Through continuous effort and compliance with the highly complex requirements for sensitive pharmaceutical and medical goods, Düsseldorf Airport has once again proven to be an important hub for the pharmaceutical industry.

Located in Germany’s largest metropolitan area, the Rhine-Ruhr region, Düsseldorf Airport is an important stakeholder in the air cargo transport chain. A high share of producers of highly sensitive goods, such as pharmaceuticals, are based nearby. The North Rhine-Westphalian economy exported pharmaceutical products worth 10.9 billion euros in 2021.

In 2016, Düsseldorf Airport Cargo was not only the first airport in Germany to receive CEIV Pharma certification, but it was also the first company in Germany to achieve the globally recognized IATA seal of approval. In 2019, DUS Cargo was successfully awarded its first recertification.

Thomas Schnalke, Düsseldorf Airport CEO, says: “Düsseldorf Airport is an excellently networked hub for air cargo and of central importance for the economy and the supply of the population in North Rhine-Westphalia. Our cargo division has once again demonstrated its ability to excellently handle temperature-sensitive airfreight, which is important for the region.”

“I am very proud that we are sending a strong signal across the supply chain network with our third consecutive certification. We continuously and successfully provide the highest standards in quality and service for our customers, especially throughout these demanding times for our airfreight business“, states Lutz Honerla, managing director of Düsseldorf Airport Cargo.