Leipzig/Halle Airport has received IATA CEIV Pharma certification, enabling it to process time-critical, temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical shipments around the clock.

Following a year-long process, IATA has certified PortGround GmbH, the ground handling and cargo specialist belonging to Mitteldeutsche Flughafen AG, which also owns the airport.

“Thanks to the CEIV Pharma accreditation, we are expanding our business area and now have a fully-certified process for sensitive pharmaceuticals,” says Alexander König, managing director of PortGround. “That means we can provide a full range of handling services at Leipzig/Halle Airport from a single source – from receiving deliveries, preparing and storing freight to loading it on the aircraft.”

The international CEIV classification in Pharmaceutical Logistics confirms that sensitive pharmaceutical goods are reliably handled in accordance with international standards.

Certification requires appropriate quality management and regular training for all those involved in the process, along with a suitable infrastructure. Leipzig/Halle Airport laid the foundations for this in 2017 with a new cold storage facility in the World Cargo Center. The facility offers direct access to the apron, ensuring that goods have to be transported only a short distance to and from the aircraft and lorries.

With a volume of around 1.24 million tonnes in 2019, and a 24-hour operating permit, Leipzig/Halle Airport is the fifth largest airfreight hub in Europe.


Source: Air Cargo News

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