Changi launches Pharma@Changi

Ten com­pa­nies have signed a Mem­o­ran­dum of Un­der­stand­ing (MoU) to en­hance Changi’s han­dling ca­pa­bil­i­ties for phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal air cargo. The com­pa­nies will pro­mote the air­port as a re­li­able phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals air cargo hub.

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Changi Air­port Group (CAG) has for­malised the Pharma@Changi ini­tia­tive, to­gether with its part­ners from the air cargo sup­ply chain. This new com­mu­nity will work to­wards the con­tin­u­ous strength­en­ing of Changi’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties to han­dle phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal air cargo. To­gether with CAG, the part­ner com­pa­nies who signed the MoU are Bol­lore Lo­gis­tics, CEVA Lo­gis­tics Sin­ga­pore, DHL Global For­ward­ing, dnata Sin­ga­pore, Ex­pe­d­i­tors Sin­ga­pore, Global Airfreight In­ter­na­tional, SATS, Schenker Sin­ga­pore and Sin­ga­pore Air­lines Cargo. These nine com­pa­nies, which span across each node of the air cargo sup­ply chain, have achieved the IATA Cen­tre of Ex­cel­lence for In­de­pen­dent Val­ida­tors Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for Phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal Han­dling (IATA CEIV Pharma).

As part of the MOU, the com­pa­nies will jointly pur­sue the best stan­dards in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals han­dling, and will pro­mote Sin­ga­pore Changi Air­port as a trusted and re­li­able phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals air cargo hub in the re­gion. This in­cludes ini­tia­tives such as as­sess­ing new and emerg­ing phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal lo­gis­tics trends and tech­nolo­gies, as well as im­ple­men­ta­tion of pi­lot projects.

Strength­en­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties

Lim Ching Kiat, Group Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor for Air Hub De­vel­op­ment, Changi Air­port, said, “As the first air cargo com­mu­nity in Asia Pa­cific to at­tain the IATA CEIV Pharma cer­ti­fi­ca­tion, the new Pharma@Changi ini­tia­tive aims to fur­ther so­lid­ify the part­ner­ship among air cargo play­ers at Changi Air­port in strength­en­ing Sin­ga­pore’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties, by jointly pur­su­ing the best stan­dards in phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals air cargo han­dling. Over the last three years, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cargo has con­sis­tently ranked among the top five cargo types trans­ported via airfreight glob­ally, in terms of to­tal value. In the first eight months of 2017, Changi Air­port han­dled more than 15,500 tonnes of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cargo.” Nick Ca­reen, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent - Air­port (Pas­sen­ger, Cargo and Se­cu­rity), IATA, said, “The Asian freight mar­ket is the largest in the world, ac­count­ing for 40 per cent of to­tal global trade. The cre­ation of Pharma@ Changi, by Changi Air­port, one of the largest trans­porta­tion hubs in South East Asia, is the first air cargo com­mu­nity in Asia Pa­cific. This is great news for the sup­ply of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals across the re­gion. Pharma ship­pers at Changi Air­port can now be as­sured that they are re­ceiv­ing the high­est qual­ity ser­vice in terms of stan­dard­i­s­a­tion and trans­parency.”

Chin Yau Seng, Cargo Pres­i­dent, Sin­ga­pore Air­lines, said, "As part of this ini­tia­tive, we en­deav­our to deepen our col­lab­o­ra­tion to achieve the high­est stan­dards of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal han­dling, while up­hold­ing a re­li­able cool-chain net­work which ex­tends be­yond the Sin­ga­pore hub, to Asia Pa­cific and the rest of the world. In ad­di­tion, we will re­main ac­tive in adopt­ing new tech­nol­ogy to meet cus­tomer needs."

CAG is also part of Pharma.Aero, an al­liance founded by Brus­sels and Mi­ami Air­port, com­mit­ted to shar­ing best prac­tices and mar­ket knowl­edge to im­prove phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal han­dling for the air cargo in­dus­try world­wide.

The new Pharma@ Changi ini­tia­tive aims to fur­ther so­lid­ify the part­ner­ship among air cargo play­ers at Changi Air­port in strength­en­ing Sin­ga­pore’s ca­pa­bil­i­ties

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