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Success Factors for the Cargo Transportation of Pharmaceuticals

For pharmaceutical manufacturers, transportation is considered the weakest link in the supply chain. The high value of pharmaceutical products, above all considering the importance of effecting the health of people, leads the producers to choose a trustworthy transportation company. In fact, when it comes to pharmaceutical products, it's not just the speed of the transportation that is essential; the goods need to be expertly handled and kept at their ideal temperature throughout their journey. Additionally, given that most of these products are theft-sensitive, the employment of seamless security measures is essential. Moreover, when it comes to air cargo transportation, IATA regulations must also be taken into account.

What are the success factors for air cargo companies in providing satisfactory transport solutions for the pharmaceutical industry?

Technology definitely plays an important role in the transportation of pharmaceuticals. Nowadays, the market offers a wide choice of sophisticated containers, enabling the maintenance of temperatures between -20 and +200C. Cutting-edge tracking systems as well as state-of-the art alarm devices are also available, allowing companies to seamlessly pinpoint the status of shipments in real-time and enabling proactive action in case of emergency. Nevertheless, there is still a lot to do to ensure the cool-chain demanded by pharmaceutical manufacturers when transportation is involved and, so far, the real added value has proved to be the 'human factor'. Only with a dedicated, well- trained personnel can, air cargo companies assure that the shipment is under control from acceptance to delivery.


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PMPS talks to Francis Ramuz, Cool Products Specialist at Swiss WorldCargo

Francis Ramuz is a seasoned professional with over 30 years' experience in the airline industry. After starting his personal career at Swissair, he has worked in different business units at Sabena. He joined Swissair again six years ago and continued working in the same position at Swiss WorldCargo, once Swiss International Air Lines was founded in 2002. He is currently Head of Import Management and Cool Products - Europe, based at Zurich Airport.

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