Swissport becomes first handler in Canada to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma

posted on 7th December 2018 by Justin Burns
Swissport becomes first handler in Canada to achieve IATA CEIV Pharma

Swissport International is adding Montreal to its network of IATA CEIV Pharma certified cargo warehouses and is the first cargo handler to gain the certification in Canada.

IATA has awarded Swissport Cargo Services Montreal at Pierre Elliot Trudeau Airport with CEIV Pharma for particularly sensitive pharmaceutical logistics.

With annual growth rates of nearly 10 per cent and a total turnover of some 27,000 tonnes in 2017, Swissport said Montreal is a key cargo location in Canada.

The facility features temperature-controlled storage areas for pharmaceuticals with a range of +15 to +25 and +2 to +8 degrees Celsius. Additionally, there is a special cooling unit for goods which require a constant temperature of -20 degrees Celsius.

Swissport’s chief commercial officer, Nils Knudsen said: “We are very pleased to receive the IATA certification for our facility in Montreal.

“The formal recognition by IATA reflects our strategic commitment to superior air cargo handling services.”

Swissport’s Montreal warehouse is the company’s seventh CEIV Pharma certified cargo facility. It contributes toward an ever more seamless international network for pharmaceutical logistics in which airlines, airports and air cargo handling and logistics companies work hand in hand.

In May 2018, IATA awarded Swissport at Basel’s EuroAirport with the CEIV Pharma certificate. Basel is a major international pharma hub and home to Switzerland`s most advanced cargo warehouse.