GDP for Panalpina’s Frankfurt logistics centre

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Panalpina’s healthcare logistics centre near Frankfurt Airport has obtained Good Distribution Practice (GDP) certification, bringing the certified network to 38 locations.

The Weiterstadt facility is located near the airport as well as close to major highways and Germany’s federal road infrastructure, allowing customers to shorten lead times for intra-European and global shipments.

The facility, Panalpina’s third in the Rhein-Main region alongside Moerfelden and Neu-Isenburg, passed an audit by SGS.

It is equipped for hub services for multimodal transport including last-mile delivery and linked to Panalpina’s global network offering temperature-controlled air and ocean freight services.

In Weiterstadt, 4,500 sq m of temperature-controlled warehouse space is dedicated to healthcare customers, another 4,600 sq m for multi-purpose use and 620 sq m is for office space.

Of the healthcare part, 3,500 sq m covers temperature from 15-25C with three dedicated truck docks, and 1,000 sq m covers temperature from 2-8C with two dedicated truck docks.

Volker Werner, Panalpina’s district manager for Central Germany says: “The facility is not only set up for multimodal transport; we have fully equipped it to meet all possible requirements of our pharma customers. Besides thermos-cover handling, re-icing and gel-pack handling, we can also take care of the temperature-controlled last-mile delivery, with 24-hour monitoring of the cargo.”

Stephen Kay, regional manager of Panalpina’s healthcare industry vertical says: “In combination with Panalpina’s other European centres of excellence, we have a highly flexible set-up, where we can move products to every continent by air or ocean freight and using either active or passive cooling. Based on the customers’ requirements, we can also choose between commercial carriers or the Panalpina Charter Network with its main hub in nearby Luxembourg.”