SAL launches pharma fa­cil­i­ties at KFIA Cargo Vil­lage

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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.

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