Air Canada is extending its collaboration with GTA dnata at its new facility in Toronto (YYZ) to include all perishable shipments booked as AC Fresh.
Effective 16 September 2019 all AC Cool Chain shipments originating or destined for YYZ, including those booked as AC Fresh, AC Pharmacair and AC Absolute° will be handled at the newly renovated and expanded GTA dnata facility.
This includes seafood, chilled meats, fruit, vegetables, herbs and fresh flowers – all perishable shipments that require a comprehensive, integrated cold chain logistics approach.
GTA dnata’s state-of-the-art facility is fully equipped for handling temperature-sensitive shipments, with a temperature controlled dedicated environment for perishables (15 to 25 degrees Celsius) and separate coolers for storage in specific ranges (2 to 8 degrees Celsius).
“Toronto is a key gateway for international perishable shipping,” says Vito Cerone, senior director, Sales and Commercial Strategy for Air Canada Cargo.
“Our collaboration with GTA dnata has been extremely successful for pharmaceutical shipments, so the addition of perishables is the natural next step. We’re excited to be adding a world-class facility and experienced team that will help us meet our customers’ growing needs with regards to these sensitive shipments.”
Air Canada highlights that to ensure perishable shipments receive the required specialised cold chain handling, they must be booked as AC Fresh. Tender and retrieval times are unchanged, it adds.
Air Canada says each year, thousands of perishable shipments are handled at its Toronto hub alone. These include Canadian exports as well as shipments from the US, Central and South America destined to Europe and Asia.
With hundreds of flights reaching almost every part of the world, our Toronto hub provides rapid access to international routes, keeping perishables moving quickly and efficiently, it adds.