CCA welcomes IATA’s CEIV Fresh initiative
The Cool Chain Association (CCA) has welcomed the launch in March of IATA’s CEIV Fresh initiative and says it is keen to work with the airline body to help develop the programme.
The non-profit organisation, which represents all parts of the temperature-sensitive supply chain, last June said that the air cargo community “should drive its own standard for perishables, without waiting for other groups and agencies to establish them”, and since then has worked on piloting a data-sharing initiative to improve the transport of perishables shipments by air.
Responding to the launch of CEIV Fresh, Stavros Evangelakakis, CCA chairman and global product manager for healthcare and perishable at Cargolux, commented: “CCA backs all initiatives which introduce standards and provide a framework for the industry to improve. With a third of all food produced going to waste, our industry needs to make sure we are working together to be part of the solution and the IATA initiative is a step in the right direction.”
He noted that the CCA “has for some time been instrumental in developing ideas for standards, not only in perishables, but also for pharma, where we developed the Cool Chain Quality Indicator, for example”.
Evangelakakis continued: “As we represent all parts of the supply chain, CCA members are in a unique position to trial transparent end-to-end data sharing and we are committed to funding an independent analyst to advise us on tangible action points so that we can help our industry to make a difference. We will be inviting IATA to share their ideas with us at our perishables conference in Venlo and will continue our open dialogue with them as they develop Fresh.”
CCA’s mission is to bring together all parts of the temperature-sensitive supply chain “to reduce wastage and improve the quality, efficiency, and value of the temperature-sensitive supply chain” by facilitating and enabling vertical and horizontal collaboration, education, and innovation amongst members and stakeholders.