Air Canada Cargo has extended a collaboration with cargo handler GTA dnata in Toronto to include all cool chain shipments.
Starting 16 September, in addition to pharmaceuticals, shipments booked with the carrier’s AC Fresh service flowing through Toronto will be handled by GTA dnata.
This includes seafood, chilled meats, fruit, vegetables, herbs and fresh flowers – all perishable shipments that require a comprehensive, integrated cold chain logistics approach.
GTA dnata’s state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped for handling temperature-sensitive shipments, with a temperature controlled dedicated environment for perishables (15 to 25 degrees Celsius) and separate coolers for storage in specific ranges (2 to 8 degrees Celsius).
“Toronto is a key gateway for international perishable shipping,” says Vito Cerone, senior director, sales and commercial strategy for Air Canada Cargo. “Our collaboration with GTA dnata has been extremely successful for pharmaceutical shipments, so the addition of perishables is the natural next step.
“We’re excited to be adding a world-class facility and experienced team that will help us meet our customers’ growing needs with regards to these sensitive shipments.”
Each year, thousands of perishable shipments are handled at Air Canada Cargo’s Toronto hub. These include Canadian exports as well as shipments from the US, Central and South America destined to Europe and Asia.