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Emirates SkyCargo strengthens pharma capabilities

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on June 9, 2019
Emirates SkyCargo strengthens pharma capabilities

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Emirates SkyCargo has significantly boosted its worldwide pharma handling capabilities and infrastructure by commencing handling pharmaceutical cargo at a new purpose-built facility in Chicago.

The facility, dedicated solely for pharmaceutical shipments, is spread over 1,000sqm, with scope for additional expansion and provides comprehensive protection for pharma cargo through temperature controlled zones for acceptance and delivery, pharma cargo build up and break down, storage and direct ramp access. Developed in partnership with ground handling company Maestro, the facility has a capacity of 15,000 tonnes of pharma shipments per annum.

"Emirates SkyCargo is committed to the safe and secure transportation of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical shipments. Having a dedicated facility for pharma at one of our busiest stations for pharma in our network is a big boost to our pharma handling credentials and capability," said Nabil Sultan, divisional senior vice president, Emirates SkyCargo. "This was also a unique model wherein we worked closely with the ground handler and were involved in the planning for the facility from the very beginning. Using our learnings from transporting pharma across six continents, we were able to collaborate to make the new pharma facility fit for purpose."

The facility offers temperature controlled zones for acceptance and delivery, pharma cargo build up, breakdown and storage. The proximity of the facility to the ramp also means that cargo has to spend lesser time in transit to and from the terminal to the aircraft. The dedicated pharma facility in Chicago is part of Emirates SkyCargo's broader strategy to enhance protection for temperature sensitive pharma shipments not just at its hub in Dubai but from origin to destination. Following up on the success of the pharma corridors initiative which was announced in Jan 2018, Emirates SkyCargo has expanded its initial network of 12 pharma stations to 20.

As part of pharma corridors, Emirates SkyCargo works with ground handling partners and other local stakeholders at the stations that are important origin or destination points for pharma, in order to ensure a high standard of handling operations for pharmaceuticals in line with Emirates SkyCargo's stringent norms.

Henrik Ambak, Emirates' senior vice president, Cargo Operations Worldwide, said: "Pharmaceutical cargo being transported by air are growing in their sophistication and complexity in terms of the strict regulations for handling and temperature control. We introduced the pharma corridors initiative because we wanted to expand the required high standard of handling for pharma shipments further into our network and serve markets better from origin to destination."

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