LUG aircargo handling GmbH has modernized its Health Care Center (HCC) in the CargoCity South at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA, Germany) in 2017 and expanded the temperature-controlled area to 625 sqm in a first step. Due to rising demand the company has just started construction of an additional 190 sqm expansion which is planned to go into operation by the end of 2018.
The handling of pharmaceutical products as well as the corresponding infrastructure have been certified according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard recently. “We are delighted that, as a key member of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, LUG aircargo handling GmbH (FRA) has completed this process. After successfully undergoing a strict assessment based on national and international standards, in particular IATA’s Temperature Control Regulations, and GDP best practices, we are recognizing LUG (FRA) as CEIV Pharma certified,” said Mathias Jakobi, IATA’s Area Manager Central Europe.
“We are proud to see the CEIV Pharma network growing so fast and congratulate LUG (FRA) on their achievement. This important certification demonstrates the commitment and expertise of LUG in handling sensitive and high value pharma shipments according to international industry standards. It also strengthens the position of Frankfurt airport as one of the leading pharma gateways worldwide,” adds Jakobi.
“LUG has invested heavily in the handling process of temperature sensitive goods with the expansion and modernisation of the HCC. Throughout the whole development process the IATA CEIV Standard has given us a clear guideline to provide our clients with the services that sensitive products require. We are very proud that our efforts to offer high-quality services have been rewarded,” says Dominik Misskampf, Senior Project Manager and Manager HCC, LUG aircargo handling GmbH.
Different rooms in the Health Care Center offer temperature ranges between <-18°C, 2-8°C, and 15-25°C. The capacity can be adjusted to operational needs. Thus, a demand-oriented and long-term use of the facility is possible, independent of the incoming freight structures. A dedicated team, a comprehensive temperature monitoring and recording as well as an alarm system guarantee customers a transparent, qualified air cargo supply chain for pharmaceutical products.
“Transporting and handling pharmaceuticals present great challenges but also opportunities for stakeholders in the logistics industry. Recognizing this, IATA has created the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) Program, to help airlines, handlers, and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and in turn make airfreight the first choice for the transportation of pharmaceutical products,” adds Mathias Jakobi.