China Airlines Cargo Services has become the first carrier in Taiwan and one of only 17 carriers in the world to be certified by the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma).
“The certification is proof that rigorous quality control and a high standard of air transportation services at China Airlines now meets the international standards required for the delivery of time-critical, temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals,” the carrier says.
The certification follows the establishment of the Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), CEIV Pharma Community in March 2018 which made it the fifth CEIV Pharma community to be set-up in Asia adding to others already established in Hong Kong, Mumbai, Osaka, and Singapore, at that time.
China Airlines notes its extensive experience with the transportation of special cargo as one of the world’s top ten air cargo carriers, by volume.
Pharmaceutical logistics is a longstanding business that began growing in 2016 at a rate of 30 per cent per year. Introduction of CEIV certification commenced in 2018, the carrier says, in a bid to standardise service processes and promote Taiwan as a hub.
“Passing international certification this year will hopefully lead to double-digit growth in the high-value cargo market for China Airlines,” the company says.
Eddy Liu, vice president of China Airlines Cargo Services, says: “We value every chance we get to provide our transportation services to suppliers. The construction of a more complete operating process and more professional personnel training standards will help ensure the quality and timeliness of pharmaceutical logistics.
“We are proud to have gained the first CEIV Pharma certification in Taiwan as it represents recognition of China Airlines continued improvements to the quality of cargo services,” he adds.
China Airlines says the temperature-controlled shipping containers introduced in 2013 proved popular with customers. The carrier cites extensive logistics and personnel experience, integration of ground and warehouse storage operations at the cargo hub in Taoyuan International Airport (TPE), and a central location for transhipping to Europe, the US and Asia as key success factors in its competitiveness and profits in the high-value cargo market.
“It also strengthened China Airlines’ position as the leading brand in the Asia Pacific region for air cargo,” the carrier says. It adds that more high-end pharmaceutical suppliers are expected to make Taiwan their transshipment hub to the rest of the world as world-class transportation standards and consistent temperature control will be employed to satisfy customer requirements in the timeliness and quality of each drug type.”
China Airlines says it is actively working to monitor cargo trends and cargo sources. Regular freighter charter services to Columbus, US, and its freight station in Nagoya, Japan, bring the total number of freight stations around the world to 35.
In addition to cultivating the regional market and optimising links between Europe/US and Asia, China Airlines is also strengthening its cooperation with partner airlines and large international cargo agents.
“The CEIV certification this year means that drugs can now be transported between freight stations but also to all global destinations that can be reached by the wide-body jets of China Airlines, the result is even better air cargo service quality,” the carrier adds.