DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, is set to certify 7 US stations of 11 across the Americas, according to the CEIV Pharma Standard of the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
In the Americas, DHL received certification starting with Bogota, Colombia and globally it will certify the remaining stations by the end of the second quarter of 2017. The CEIV Pharma Certification of the aviation industry´s umbrella association attests the highest service and quality standards for life sciences and healthcare customers through uniform processes and a compliant network.
DHL started to certify its global stations according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard in the third quarter of 2016.
Following independent audits by third parties and training courses for employees on site, the DHL Air Thermonet stations will receive the quality label. Thereby DHL Global Forwarding enhances transportation and storage quality levels of pharmaceutical goods and the DHL Air Thermonet station exceeds usual quality standards.
Due to its unique cloud-based IT platform LifeTrack, DHL offers more transparency in comparison to conventional offers in the area of temperature-controlled transports. LifeTrack not only ensures shipment tracking but also enables the intervention during the supply process around the clock on 365 days a year. With this quality assurance initiative DHL positions itself as a reliable partner for the transport of structural complex, temperature sensible pharmaceutical products.
At each location, the umbrella association IATA examines the station´s correspondence to the Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), the GDP (Good Distribution Practices) guidelines of the European Union, the Annex 5 of the World Health Organization and the United States Pharmacopeia Standards. Apart from this they also set the industry standard for the transportation of dangerous goods and live animals in addition to sensitive pharmaceutical products.
DHL provides logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. The company has roughly 350,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide. It offers specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail.
DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than EUR 57bn in 2016.