UPS strengthens its pharmaceutical air freight transportation

UPS strengthens its European position in pharmaceutical air freight transportation

In response to increasing customer demand, UPShas expanded its temperature-controlled supply chain capabilities in Europe with the opening of a healthcare-dedicated air freight forwarding facility at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The new Healthcare and Life-Sciences Centre further demonstrates UPS’s continued investment for growth in specialised market segments, in this case, for logistics needs of healthcare and life-sciences companies in the region.

The 600 square-metre, GDP-compliant facility is designed to meet the highest standards in pharmaceutical freight forwarding, featuring 15ºC to 25ºC and 2ºC to 8 ºC temperature zones as well as 24/7 monitoring and alarm systems to protect the integrity of temperature-sensitive healthcare shipments.

UPS operators follow in-depth training programmes and adhere to healthcare-specific protocols to ensure that inbound and outbound products are handled safely and securely during transit.

John Menna, UPS vice president of global strategy, healthcare logistics, commented: “With the rise of biologics and temperature-sensitive products as well as changing regulations governing the transportation of pharmaceuticals across different geographies, companies need increased control and protection of their products during transit.

“The new life-sciences centre at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol allows us to process shipments under strict temperature conditions according to expectations set out in the EU GDP guidelines.”

Utilising its own healthcare-dedicated, GDP-compliant facility at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol allows UPS to provide more control of the cross-docking and interim storage of healthcare shipments – helping customers mitigate risks and comply with high quality standards.

The opening of the facility at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol comes six months after UPS announced its agreement to acquire pharmaceutical logistics company Poltraf Sp. z.o.o. which has enhanced UPS’s healthcare capability in Europe, enabling compliant logistics services to customers in healthcare markets of Central and Eastern Europe.

The acquisition has added three facilities with advanced warehousing management systems, full quality assurance services, and an experienced workforce to UPS’s existing European healthcare network.