Denmark-headquartered DSV Global Transport and Logistics launches a direct air cargo pharma lane between Brussels Airport and Johannesburg. This will involve the use of airside cool dollies on the tarmac both at Brussels Airport and in South Africa.
Apart from the specialised airside cool dollies, end-to-end visibility by DSV’s company-specific IT systems is another additional element brought to the service. “As the 5th largest freight
forwarder globally the transportation of pharmaceuticals forms a vital and strategic part of DSV’s growth and focus area,” Tina Hindsbo, DSV’s Head of Corporate Communication.
“To be successful in this highly regulated and specialised business DSV is focussing on certain areas of excellence globally. These identified areas are normally characterised by high pharmaceutical client presence. Taking this into account Brussels & Johannesburg form a part of this initiative.”
The service is supported by a direct freighter service once a week operated by Ethiopian Airlines that flies directly from Brussels to Johannesburg. On alternative days DSV make use of audited partners who provide a temperature controlled pharmaceutical service via other main European airports.
The service is exclusive for the transportation of pharmaceutical and healthcare cargo in adherence with the WHO GDP guidelines for the movement of temperature sensitive pharmaceutical cargo. It
is provided when required for the movement of temperature sensitive Pharmaceutical Cargo. The direct service is available on Wednesdays & Sundays.
Nathan De Valck, Cargo Product Development manager at Brussels Airport says “the Airside Pharma Transporter was developed in collaboration with the BRUcargo community, involving pharmaceutical manufacturers. The equipment is owned by the airport and made available to forwarders and airlines via a BRUcloud based equipment booking platform."
At the moment four dollies are at the disposal of pharma customers at Brussels Airport. As of March 2018 there will be nine.
Marcel Schoeters in Brussels