Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport has been awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEIV Pharma certification.
The gateway started the community approach for the certification process by assembling logistics partners specialised in ground handling, trucking, cold storage/warehousing and freight forwarding.
The founding members of the Texan airport’s CEIV community are dnata cargo USA, SCL Cold Chain, B.I.G. Logistics and Expeditors.
DFW joins other airport communities in gaining CEIV Pharma including Brussels Airport, Miami International Airport, Singapore Changi Airport, Mumbai International Airport, Hong Kong International Airport.
The announcement was made at this week’s IATA World Cargo Symposium in Singapore.
DFW Airport executive vice president of global strategy and development, John Ackerman said: “The collective efforts of our partners to earn the CEIV Community certification demonstrates DFW’s level of commitment to a world-class pharmaceutical handling operation that provides pharma manufacturers and shippers with confidence that their high-value products will be handled with quality, care and efficiency.”
The airport’s cold chain facility operates 24/7 with capabilities for pharma freight and is spread over 37,000 square feet and has two pharma chambers, three multi-temperature zones and a 15,000 square foot area for airside refrigeration.
IATA global head of cargo, Glyn Hughes added: “We applaud DFW for its commitment to building a CEIV Pharma community through which it has met the industry’s global quality standards that ensure pharma products will be handled in a safe and reliable manner.”
DFW’s cargo tonnage has grown more than 45 per cent in the last 10 years. In 2018 alone, DFW handled more than 911,000 U.S. tonnes of freight.