Am­s­ter­dam Air­port Schiphol po­si­tion­ing it­self as a gate­way for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals

A gate­way for In­dian phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal freight

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Am­s­ter­dam Air­port Schiphol, which is lo­cated in the heart of the Am­s­ter­dam Met­ro­pol­i­tan Area, is an im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional lo­gis­tics hub and is po­si­tion­ing it­self as Europe’s pre­ferred air­port. Speak­ing to Car­gotalk, Bart Pouwels, Di­rec­tor, Am­s­ter­dam Air­port Schiphol Cargo, main­tained that the air­port’s prime fo­cus for In­dian mar­ket would be phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals from In­dia to Europe and be­yond, via Am­s­ter­dam.

Am­s­ter­dam Air­port Schiphol Cargo would show­case its fa­cil­i­ties for han­dling of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals through In­dian Pharma Ship­pers’ Fo­rum. The fo­rum is fo­cussing on sec­tor de­mands and air­freight op­por­tu­ni­ties of In­dia’s US$20 bil­lion pharma in­dus­try. In­dia is fast emerg­ing as a global man­u­fac­tur­ing hub for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts, and the coun­try’s boom­ing pharma in­dus­try is ex­pected to achieve an­nual growth of around 8 per cent by 2015.

We have set up a strong in­fra­struc­ture to han­dle phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals at our air­port. We are ex­pect­ing a huge vol­ume of pharma prod­ucts from In­dia” Bart Pouwels Di­rec­tor, Am­s­ter­dam Air­port Schiphol Cargo

“We have set up a strong in­fra­struc­ture to han­dle phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals at our air­port. We are ex­pect­ing a huge vol­ume of pharma prod­ucts from In­dia,” said Pouwels, who is the co-or­gan­iser of the Pharma Ship­pers’ Fo­rum. He is an ex­pert on pharma, life­science and per­ish­ables, whose ca­reer has also in­cluded sev­eral years as the se­nior man­ager of pharma busi­ness for a ma­jor global lo­gis­tics provider. “Schiphol it­self al­ready has a strong com­mit­ment to this sec­tor, hav­ing suc­cess­fully fa­cil­i­tated growth of pharma traf­fic from In­dia, us­ing Am­s­ter­dam as a gate­way to other con­ti­nents such as the Amer­i­cas. But there is po­ten­tial for much more growth, both on our route and to other ma­jor mar­kets,” ob­served Pouwels.

Mean­while, there are some seven han­dling com­pa­nies present at Schiphol Air­port with all mod­ern fa­cil­i­ties for ship­pers and freight for­warders. Re­cently, KLM has opened new fa­cil­i­ties for tem­per­a­ture-sen­si­tive cargo.

Pouwels as­serted that Schiphol Air­port is an at­trac­tive trans­ship­ment hub with huge con­nec­tiv­ity by reg­u­lar pas­sen­ger as well as freighter air­craft. It has 317 sched­uled des­ti­na­tions in more than 90 coun­tries, con­nected by 103 sched­uled air­lines, 24 sched­uled freighter op­er­a­tors in 2012. The fast, ef­fi­cient and safe cargo process at this air­port is driven by con­tin­ual sup­ply-chain in­no­va­tion, close co­op­er­a­tion with the en­tire cargo com­mu­nity and the added-value knowl­edge and ex­per­tise of its team.

Schiphol is op­ti­mally con­nected by air, sea, rail and road. Ac­cess to all main Euro­pean com­mer­cial and in­dus­trial cen­tres is fast and easy. Over 150 lo­gis­tics ser­vice providers have op­er­a­tions sit­u­ated at or in the di­rect vicin­ity of Am­s­ter­dam Air­port Schiphol, and over half of all Amer­i­can and Asian Euro­pean Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­tres are lo­cated here.

e-freight ini­tia­tives

Ac­cord­ing to Pouwels, the less tran­sit times and fast clear­ance of cargo at Schiphol Air­port is pos­si­ble be­cause of the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of e-freight project. Mean­while, ‘e- Freight@ NL’ – the Dutch Gov­ern­ment-funded project to en­cour­age the move to­wards pa­per­less air cargo through its main air­port, Schiphol - has com­pleted its pro­gramme with a string of suc­cesses. Launched in July 2010, the project has suc­cess­fully achieved a five-fold in­crease in e- Freight ship­ments through Schiphol in 2012.

In view of huge po­ten­tial of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals ex­port from In­dia, Pouwels rec­om­mended for more ca­pac­ity and freighter ser­vices be­tween In­dia and Am­s­ter­dam. He is ex­pect­ing a good vol­ume of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals from Delhi, Hy­der­abad and Ben­galuru. Ac­cord­ingly, the Fo­rum will or­gan­ise road-shows in th­ese cities in the months to come to in­ter­act with ex­porters and freight-for­warders.

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