SAL launches pharma facilities at KFIA Cargo Village
Saudi Arabian Logistics (SAL) has launched operations of its state-ofthe-art pharma facilities recently opened at the Dammam-based King Fahd International Airport’s Cargo Village.
The new warehouses will support the infrastructure of pharma and medical equipment handling facilities as per international standards of the World Health Organization (WHO), the European Union Good Distribution Practice (EUGDP) and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA).
A subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation, SAL said the facility expansion plan is being implemented as scheduled at selected sites within the Cargo Village at the Dammam station.
Before expansion, the total area of the medical storage facilities stood at approximately 118 square meters but after expansion it reached approximately 542 square meters with an operational capacity of 14,000 tons a year, including 262 square meters of the facilities dedicated for storing goods with temperature ranging between 15-25 degrees Celsius and 262 square meters being used for storing goods with temperature between 2-8 degrees Celsius. The facilities can also be used for storing different types of medical cargo with very low temperatures (below zero).
Omar Hariri, SAL CEO, said: “We usher in a new phase of advanced cargo handling services for pharma and medical equipment. We are creating the proper environment and developing the infrastructure needed for the current period, which has seen an increasing demand on pharma and medical equipment cargoes during the COVID-19 pandemic.” SAL has enhanced the quality of its medical storage warehousing services, bought state-of-the-art temperature-controlling equipment and devices, and installed efficient safety systems to prevent risks. All the equipment and devices meet the quality standards of the EU GDP for handling and storing medicinal products, explained Hariri, adding that SAL qualifies its cadre to efficiently handle such types of cargo. SAL works to provide integrated logistics operations and ground handling services. It acts as a link between land and sea shipping and the Saudi airports in line with the National Industrial Development and Logistics Program, which is one of the pivotal themes of Saudi Vision 2030, especially in light of the gigantic economic transformation the Kingdom has been seeing. The company directly contributes to reinforcing and developing the infrastructure to act as platforms and warehouses for handling different types of cargo.
Saudi Arabian Logistics’ new warehouses in Dammam have an operational capacity of 14,000 tons a year.