Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been awarded IATA CEIV Pharma certification for its new pharma centre at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport.
Opened in September last year, the pharma centre is the only dedicated facility at the airport – the second largest air cargo gateway in Europe – with a team of dedicated and trained experts, temperature-controlled warehousing, and a transport fleet specifically adapted to guarantee pharmaceutical shipments integrity. Nearly thirty airlines and freight forwarders are already using the pharma centre, which is forecast to handle over 8,000 tonnes of products in 2020.
Hugo Rodrigues, vice president, Cargo France at WFS, commented: “Investing in the pharma centre supports WFS’ strategy to broaden our product offering by supporting the needs of both our airline and forwarding customers as well as their customers, which, in this case, are major pharmaceutical companies that demand the highest standards of compliance to protect the integrity of their products.
“Gaining IATA CEIV Pharma certification so soon after opening the centre recognises our intention to meet the highest industry standards. It also adds to Paris CDG’s reputation as one of the world’s leading air cargo gateways.”
New technologies used in the facility include digital systems to improve operational efficiency and shipment visibility.
The warehouse management system (WMS) supports the use of barcode scanning for real-time storage capacity monitoring and management, ensuring constant tracking of shipments from the pharma centre to and from aircraft, with time and date statements available on demand.
A temperature monitoring solution with a cloud platform also collects temperature and humidity data in real-time via sensors and enables this information to be accessed on mobile devices.