Ben­galuru air­port mak­ing way for Pharma Lo­gis­tics

In­dia has been wit­ness­ing a spi­ral­ing growth as a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal mar­ket in the past few years. The pres­ence of a proper sup­ply chain man­age­ment which in­cludes the tem­per­a­ture con­trolled ve­hi­cles and store houses has be­come an im­por­tant part of the phar­mac

BioSpectrum (India) - - BIO CONTENT - Dr Man­beena Chawla man­[email protected] mmac­

“Ben­galuru is the sec­ond fastest grow­ing air­port in the world and the fastest in

In­dia. The air­port in­tends to cre­ate the best in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port the smooth move­ment of tem­per­a­ture con­trolled phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal based cargo in part­ner­ship with all con­ces­sion­aires. The air­port man­age­ment is work­ing on cre­at­ing the air­port as an in­tel­li­gent cargo gate­way”, ac­cord­ing to Javed Ma­lik, Chief Oper­at­ing Of­fi­cer, Ban­ga­lore In­ter­na­tional Air­port Lim­ited (BIAL).

At present, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts ac­count for 17 per cent of the to­tal cargo ex­ports han­dled at Kem­pe­gowda In­ter­na­tional Air­port (KIA) in Ben­galuru. Of these 7 per cent are tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive drugs re­quir­ing hu­mid­ity con­trols in­clud­ing ster­ile in­jecta­bles and high-value bi­o­log­i­cals.

The re­main­ing 10 per cent in­clude the ac­tive phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­gre­di­ents (APIs). The pharma com­pa­nies in­volved in this ser­vice are namely Bio­con, Me­dre­ich, My­lan, Strides Sha­sun for for­mu­la­tions and RL Fine Chem and Lake Chem­i­cals for APIs among oth­ers. More than 70 per cent of these phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­ucts are ex­ported to US, UK, Ger­many and other Euro­pean coun­tries. The ad­vanced tem­per­a­ture con­trolled pharma cargo cen­tre is now the pre­ferred take­off point for drug ex­porters not just from Ben­galuru but from Vishakha­p­at­nam, Hyderabad and Chennai.

The pharma cargo hub at KIA has housed a Cen­tral Drugs Stan­dard Con­trol Or­gan­i­sa­tion of­fice which is equipped with a drug test­ing lab to an­a­lyse the im­ported sam­ples. There is also pres­ence of a plant quar­an­tine in­spec­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of­fice.Apart­from that, the two cargo ser­vice providers, Air In­dia (AI) SATS CoolPort and Men­zies Avi­a­tion Bobba

Cold Zone, at KIA are cer­ti­fied for Good Stor­age and Dis­tri­bu­tion Prac­tices of the WHO and other in­ter­na­tional reg­u­la­tory au­thor­i­ties to as­cer­tain tem­per­a­ture com­pli­ant lo­gis­tics. In the first quar­ter of 2018-19, AISATS has man­aged around 930 tons of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cargo com­pared to 430 tons dur­ing the same pe­riod in the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year. With the surge in move­ment of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal cargo, AISATS has wit­nessed an over­all Year-on-Year growth of around 120 per cent.

The cargo ser­vice providers have 11 ded­i­cated cold rooms with tem­per­a­ture rang­ing from 2 to 8 de­grees cel­sius; five freezer rooms with tem­per­a­tures be­tween -15 and -25 de­grees, a re­frig­er­ated queue lane (RQL), cold trol­leys to main­tain the tem­per­a­ture dur­ing trans­porta­tion be­tween air­craft and ware­house; a ded­i­cated x-ray ma­chine to screen phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

Along­side these fa­cil­i­ties lies a crit­i­cal is­sue of un­der-util­i­sa­tion of the space at the cargo hub of Ben­galuru air­port. AISATS CoolPort, which is In­dia’s first in­te­grated on-air­port per­ish­able cargo han­dling cen­tre built at a to­tal project cost of Rs 48 crore, is spread over an area of 11000 sq me­tres and has the ca­pac­ity to han­dle 40,000 met­ric tons of cargo. A ma­jor chunk of what lies va­cant.

“As per In­ter­na­tional Air Trans­port As­so­ci­a­tion (IATA) fore­cast, cargo vol­umes are ex­pected to reach 62.5 mil­lion tons in 2018, which is an in­crease of 4.5 per cent over the pre­vi­ous year. The grow­ing mar­ket for per­ish­able cargo han­dling has ne­ces­si­tated a pur­pose built fa­cil­ity to han­dle the tem­per­a­ture sen­si­tive needs of per­ish­able han­dling”, shares Pratik Me­hta, AGM, Air­line Mar­ket­ing, Cargo ser­vices, KIA. It seems that Ben­galuru air­port is leav­ing no stone un­turned in or­der to as­sure the phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal ex­porters of the best in class


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