YUSEN LOGISTICSWorking alongside aviation industry stakeholders and regulators, IATA created the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (IATA CEIV Pharma). This programme provides guidelines to help organizations and the entire air cargo supply chain to achieve consistent excellence in pharmaceutical airfreight handling.

During the past decades, the safe transportation of pharmaceutical products for customers worldwide has always been a top priority for Yusen Logistics. To take its Pharma Gateway Amsterdam operation beyond GDP compliance and to meet the highest possible quality standards in global pharmaceutical air freight, Yusen Logistics Benelux has participated in the IATA-CEIV Pharma certification programme.

The company’s work in this area and its investment in both people and equipment have now been rewarded with the achievement of IATA-CEIV certification.

Etienne Vesseur, Deputy General Manager Air Freight Forwarding of Yusen Logistics Benelux, commented: “IATA CEIV-certification underlines Yusen Logistics’ total commitment to safe transportation of high-value temperature and time sensitive shipments of pharmaceuticals. We are very excited as one of the first logistics companies in the Netherlands to be able to offer our customers this premium airfreight service.”

Yusen Logistics participates in the joint Schiphol Cargo and Air Cargo Netherlands programme to become the Preferred European Pharma Gateway, which was launched at the IATA World Cargo Symposium in Berlin on 16 March 2016. The Pharma Gateway Amsterdam concept stands for quality, transparency, innovation, efficiency and the best connections in pharmaceutical airfreight.

Jonas van Stekelenburg, Head of Cargo of Amsterdam Schiphol Airport Cargo, said: Schiphol Cargo congratulates Yusen Logistics on being awarded the IATA CEIV certificate. “This certification represents IATA confirmation of Yusen Logistics’ proven capability to handle, store and transport medicines and other pharmaceutical products with extreme care. A well-deserved achievement! We are very happy that this next stage in the Schiphol Pharma Gateway Amsterdam initiative has been CEIV certified,” he said.