Panalpina now licensed to handle organic fruit and veg at LUX


Panalpina’s hub at Luxembourg Airport (LUX) has been officially licensed by Certysis to handle organic fruits and vegetables.

This makes Panalpina the first and only licensed receiver of organic produce at LUX, one of Europe’s busiest airports by cargo tonnage.

Panalpina says this shows the company’s commitment to developing the Panalpina Perishables Network not just through volume growth, but also by investing in quality processes and value-added services that directly benefit customers.

The freight forwarder says it now has three Certysis-licensed airport locations in Europe – London Heathrow Airport as well as Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and now LUX – both directly connected to the tarmac and thus ensuring the shortest possible route between aircraft and transit storage.

Panalpina’s regional head of Perishables Europe, Quint Wilken explains: “To be able to sell organic fruits or vegetables in the supermarket, every part of the supply chain, from grower to final distributor, needs to be certified by one of the controlling bodies. If the chain is broken, the product is not allowed to be called organic anymore.”

Panalpina uses Luxembourg as an important European import hub for organic avocados from Latin America. These are flown in directly from Mexico using Panalpina’s Boeing 747-8 Freighter, cleared and then trucked to their final destination in Europe.