Aug 23, 2018: LUG aircargo handling GmbH has started construction of an additional 190 square metre at its health care centre (HCC) in the CargoCity South at Frankfurt International Airport (FRA, Germany), which is planned to go operational by the end of 2018.

In 2017, it has modernised its HCC and expanded the temperature-controlled area to 625 sqm in a first step. The handling of pharmaceutical products as well as the corresponding infrastructure have been certified according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard recently. “We are delighted that as a key member of the Air Cargo Community Frankfurt, LUG aircargo handling GmbH (FRA) has completed this process. After successfully undergoing a strict assessment based on national and international standards, in particular IATA’s Temperature Control Regulations, and GDP best practices, we are recognising LUG (FRA) as CEIV Pharma certified,” said Mathias Jakobi, IATA’s area manager Central Europe.

“LUG has invested heavily in the handling process of temperature sensitive goods with the expansion and modernisation of the HCC. Throughout the whole development process, the IATA CEIV Standard has given us a clear guideline to provide our clients with the services that sensitive products require. We are very proud that our efforts to offer high-quality services have been rewarded,” said Dominik Misskampf, senior project manager and manager HCC, LUG aircargo handling GmbH.

Different rooms in the Health Care Center offer temperature ranges between <-18°C, 2-8°C, and 15-25°C. The capacity can be adjusted to operational needs. Thus, a demand-oriented and long-term use of the facility is possible, independent of the incoming freight structures. A dedicated team, a comprehensive temperature monitoring and recording as well as an alarm system guarantee customers a transparent, qualified air cargo supply chain for pharmaceutical products.

“Transporting and handling pharmaceuticals present great challenges but also opportunities for stakeholders in the logistics industry. Recognising this, IATA has created the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) Program, to help airlines, handlers, and forwarders to be compliant with international regulations and in turn make airfreight the first choice for the transportation of pharmaceutical products,” added Mathias Jakobi.

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