LATAM and Swissport awarded IATA CEIV in Miami

IATA assistant director of cargo, Ronald Schaefer presents Swissport general manager, Jacques Nijankin with the IATA CEIV certificate

LATAM Cargo and Swissport have both been awarded IATA CEIV Pharma certification at Miami International Airport, both becoming the first in their industry sector to do so.

Swissport Miami became the first cargo handling company at Miami and the first Swissport station in North America to earn the International Air Transport Association Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (IATA CEIV) and LATAM Cargo was the first airline to earn certification in the Americas on 19 April.

Miami-Dade County mayor, Carlos Gimenez says: “MIA’s growth in the pharma air cargo sector has added new opportunities for business revenue and job creation in our community. We look forward to having an even stronger presence in this global industry, which is one of the fastest-growing in the world.”

LATAM CEO Andres Bianchi (left) and IATA Vice President for America Peter Cerda

Miami-Dade aviation director, Emilio Gonzalez says: “As the first airport in the Western Hemisphere designated by IATA as a pharma hub, and now as home to America’s first airline and first ground handler certified by IATA for pharma transport excellence, we are proud to collaborate with all our hub partners to be the unrivalled Pharma Gateway of the Americas.”

The Pharma.Aero organisation co-founded by Miami and Brussels Airport welcomed eight companies in April, doubling the membership to 16.

The new companies were Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Merck, Sharp & Dohme, DHL Temperature Management Solutions, Expeditors, EuroAirport Basel, 4Advice and e-Cargoware.

They joined Changi Airport, Sharjah International Airport, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Brussels Airlines, Singapore Airlines and Brinks Life Sciences.