By Juan Pedro Sanchez Zamudio
Aeroméxico Receives CEIV Pharma Certification
A CEIV trade lane is a general classification of any transport-related activities between two defined countries.
CEIV Pharma ensures that facilities, equipment, operations, and staff comply with all applicable standards, regulations and guidelines expected from pharmaceutical manufacturers.
According to a press release, Aeroméxico announced its recently joined the select group of companies that have the CEIV Pharma certification (Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics), awarded by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
This certificate is the result of the procedures, infrastructure, equipment, operations, and qualified personnel, which guarantees compliance with the highest standards for the transport of products temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals.
To obtain the CEIV Pharma Certification, Aeroméxico went under a demanding documentary and on-site audit, in aircraft, warehouses and platform, among other aspects, to verify adherence to the requirements defined by the IATA and the pharmaceutical industry.
“The COVID-19 pandemic brought us many lessons and I can proudly say that Aeroméxico’s infrastructure and talent, allowed us to respond in a very prominent way to the demand in the transfer of vaccines and medical supplies in Mexico and in more than 15 countries on 3 continents”, declared Alñejandro Méndez González, Aeroméxico Cargo’s Senior Vice President.
“The certification is a symbol of the guarantee that each medicine and product that saves lives, is handled, transported and delivered in optimal conditions”, he finished.
Thanks to this certification, the Mexican carrier will increase its connectivity in the transport of pharmaceutical products, highlighting 10 international hubs from Asia, Europe, and South America:
• Asia: South Korea and Japan.
• Europe: Spain, Netherlands, France, and England.
• South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Aeromexico has carried out nearly 400 charter flights to 15 countries, transporting almost 7 thousand tons of health supplies, and more than 80 tons of active substance for the manufacture of COVID-19 vaccines.
The pharmaceutical industry relies on air transport for its speed, reliability, and efficiency in delivering high-value, time-sensitive, temperature-controlled cargo. Air carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers and airports provide quality services, but there are still many challenges.
Pharmaceutical cargo transportation represents an important and lucrative sector for air cargo, contributing approximately $1.4 billion to total airline cargo revenue.
It is important to mention, that this data does not include the dramatic shifts that have (or will continue) occur due to the impact of COVID-19.
Assuming global COVID-19 vaccine coverage of 10 billion doses, it is expected vaccine distribution will require around 200,000 movements by pallet on 15,000 flights.
Given the current infrastructure, the feasibility to distribute COVID-19 vaccines within destination countries will greatly vary depending on the level of cold storage required.
Due to this pandemic, the pharmaceutical transport by air has shown stronger growth than the regular air cargo market.