The facility, the first of its kind at any Chinese airport, provides capacity for an annual throughput of 100,000 tons of temperature critical items. It closes a gap within the cool chain of air freight to and from China.
The goods predominantly handled at the new cool centre encompass biomedical and pharmaceutical products, seafood, exotic fruit and vegetables, dairy products as well as chilled and frozen meat
The building covers a total area of 3,500 square meters, offering a broad range of climate zones for stowing and handling shipments. These are comprised of freezers that can be cooled down to -18 degrees centigrade and chambers offering a constant temperature between +18 and +25 degrees Celsius for items requiring these specific climate conditions.
Cool rooms and more
The operator stresses that its state-of-the-art Cool Centre is equipped with both a 24-hour CCTV system and an automated temperature measure alarm system.
To ensure smooth overall handling activities and enable constant transparency for the airline customers, it is fully integrated into PACTL’s warehouse management system, including real-time monitoring of all processes.
In addition to the new facility, refrigerated dollies and thermo-blankets are available for the seamless transportation of goods between the apron stands of the aircraft and the new Cool Centre.
The facility, which has recently successfully completed its trial operations, obtained the IATA CEIV Pharma certification as the first Chinese air cargo terminal.
“Our new cool chain infrastructure enables us to further support the development of integrated cool chain solutions at Shanghai Pudong International Airport and along our sophisticated trucking network. This is essential for us in order to fully meet the requirements of our airline customers when it comes to the handling of temperature-sensitive goods and thereby further strengthen the overall position of Shanghai Pudong International Airport in the global air cargo market,” states Lutz Grzegorz, Vice President of PACTL whilst kicking off the operation of his new Cool Centre.