TAP Cargo and va-Q-tec sign container rental agreement

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TAP Cargo – the cargo division of TAP Portugal – has signed a global rental agreement with va-Q-tec for temperature-controlled transport of pharmaceuticals.

The deal was announced at this week’s air cargo europe in Munich.

The two companies say the combination of TAP Portugal’s routes and va-Q-tec advanced passive container rental services will provide benefits to pharmaceutical customers enabling deviation-free transportation of temperature-sensitive pharma goods.

Va-Q-tec business development director, Katharina Leibacher says: “The partnership with TAP is important for va-Q-tec and our customers serving the pharmaceutical market in Brazil. TAP Cargo provides a direct and unique gateway from Europe to Brazilian pharma hubs, like Brasilia, which is strongly demanded by the market.”

The transport containers, called ‘va-Q-tainer’ deployed by va-Q-tec, provide temperature controlled solutions for six temperature ranges from -70 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius in five sizes, taking up to two US pallets inside.

These advanced passive thermal containers made by va-Q-tec offer constant temperature control for several days without using external energy sources and enables deviation-free shipments of temperature sensitive goods worldwide.

TAP Cargo’s Rita Costa Silva, who is responsible for business development, says: “Brazil is a big pharma consumer market, importing high value pharmaceuticals from Europe and other markets.

“The container rental agreement with va-Q-tec marks a milestone to providing customers with advanced options for the safe transport of cool chain airfreight.”