Pharma.Aero welcomes three new members 

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Pharma.Aero has welcomed an additional three members in the shape of freight forwarder Expeditors, cool chain container specialist Envirotainer and Uruguay’s Montevideo (MVD) Free Airport.

This brings the total number of companies in Pharma.Aero to 18 members. It was launched in May last year, and founded by Brussels Airport and Miami International Airport.

MVD Airport becomes the 7th gateway to become a member and joins Brussels, Miami, Changi Airport, Mumbai International Airport, Sharjah International Airport and EuroAirport Basel.

Other members are Singapore Airlines Cargo, Brussels Airlines Cargo, Brinks, Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Merck Sharp & Dohme, DHL Temperature Management Solutions, 4Advice and e-CARGOWARE.

Pharma.Aero chairman, Nathan De Valck says: “The Pharma.Aero membership base is expanding to include all stakeholders in the pharmaceutical supply chain. Our cross-industry collaboration now involves pharmaceutical manufacturers, airports, airlines, logistics service providers and solution providers.

“This large scope allows us to tackle a broad range of improvement projects in the Pharma.Aero working groups. Together with these air cargo stakeholders, we will develop global pharmaceutical trade lanes, implement best practices and share market knowledge and expertise.”

Pharma-Aero was launched last year to create pharma trade lanes with standardised processes across the supply chain. Every member has to be IATA CEIV Pharma certified.

All new Pharma.Aero members are CEIV airport communities, shippers, airline carriers, logistics companies and other pharmaceutical stakeholders with like-minded goals.

District manager for Belgium & Luxembourg, Peter Van Domburg explains: “Close partnerships, consistent global execution, targeted communications, and deep industry expertise allow Expeditors’ logistics specialists to successfully navigate through the complexities of the healthcare industry.

“Pharma.Aero personifies the answers to these needs and why Expeditors believes in the success of this kind of collaboration which helps preserve the integrity of Healthcare products for the patients at the end of the supply chain.”

MVD Free Airport managing director, Bruno Guella says the gateway is confident that joining Pharma.Aero will provide a “solid platform for a better understanding of key tendencies and issues present throughout the pharmaceutical supply chain”.

He adds: “It hopes to provide the network with strategic insights on the challenges faced throughout emerging markets and the best practices and lessons learnt that will enable the industry itself to raise the bar in terms of quality distribution standards.”

Envirotainer CSO, Anna Levander says: ”At Envirotainer we feel very strongly that bringing the industry together to collectively further best practices based on real experience is the way forward to secure the integrity of Pharmaceutical products.”