DHL Forwarding launches life sciences/healthcare charter

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DHL Global Forwarding launches an air freight charter connecting Asia Pacific to Europe and the US to meet demand from customers in the technology, manufacturing and life science, and healthcare sectors.

Managed by StarBroker, DHL Global Forwarding’s in-house charter team, the twice-weekly charter originates from Chongqing (CKG), China, and flies to Amsterdam (AMS), Netherlands; Chicago (ORD); Incheon (ICN), before returning to China.

Thomas Mack, head of Global Air Freight DHL Global Forwarding says: “While some passenger airlines have resumed operations, the situation in the air freight market remains volatile – especially as belly capacity is still tight.”

South Korea has seen its export of healthcare products rise year-on-year by 26.7 per cent in the first half of 2020, with pharmaceutical goods, in particular, increasing by 52.5 per cent. Similarly, China has exported 28.5 per cent more medical devices in the first five months of the year as compared to a year ago.

“Over the years, DHL has built up its expertise from globally certified facilities and staff to technologies that track shipments in real-time in addition to ensuring the integrity of such products throughout their journey,” adds Mack. “Getting the much-needed air capacity is the last piece in the value chain puzzle, so to speak, that ensures temperature-sensitive products such as life-saving vaccines reach the communities-in-need.”

In a recently published white paper, DHL together with McKinsey & Company as an analytics partner explored the logistics challenges for vaccines and medical goods during COVID-19. To provide global coverage of COVID-19 vaccines, up to nearly 200,000 pallet shipments and some 15 million deliveries in cooling boxes as well as an estimated 15,000 flights will be required across the various supply chain set-ups.

DHL Global Forwarding highlights it has a global network of facilities that meet the European Union’s Good Distribution Practice (GDP) guidelines for life science and healthcare supply chains. A leading international provider of air, sea, and road freight services, DHL has a suite of temperature-controlled freight solutions such as DHL Air Thermonet and DHL LifeConEx that allows real-time visibility and active monitoring for the movement of goods that could include medicines, supplements, vaccines, medical devices, and diagnostic equipment.

And to meet growing demand for imports of temperature-controlled and high-technology goods into Australia, DHL Global Forwarding will also launch a new airfreight charter on 23 September. Flying four times a week, the charter will consolidate goods from Europe, China and Singapore in Hong Kong before transporting them to Sydney, Australia.

In April 2020, DHL Global Forwarding tapped on its network of life science and healthcare facilities, temperature-controlled solutions, and customs clearance expertise to fly more than 1.3 million Covid-19 test kits from South Korea to Brazil, Ecuador, India, Lithuania, Poland, Russia, and Saudi Arabia. The freight forwarder also launched a dedicated 100-tonne weekly air freight service for organisations and governments shipping health and medical-related items and other goods from China to the Middle East and Africa.

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