Cargo Handling

Swissport Basel awarded IATA’s CEIV Pharma certificate

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has awarded Swissport Cargo Services at Basel’s EuroAirport with the CEIV Pharma certificate.

Swissport’s Basel warehouse station is the company’s sixth CEIV certified cargo facility.

Chief commercial officer, Nils Knudsen said: “We are very pleased to receive the recognition by the CEIV for pharmaceutical logistics services at our state-of-the-art cargo facility in Basel.

“The CEIV certification underlines the attractiveness of our services at Switzerland’s most modern air freight terminal.”

With annual growth rates of nearly 10 per cent and a total turnover of some 47,000 tonnes in 2017, Swissport said Basel is one oF its most important cargo locations.

Since the opening of the warehouse in 2015, Swissport has continuously expanded its on-site offering. The facility features 7,500 square metres of temperature-controlled surface, with a temperature range of +15 to +25 degrees Celsius.

Additionally there are special cooling units for pharmaceuticals ensuring a temperature between +2 and +8 and a unit for goods which require a constant temperature of -20 degrees Celcius.

Due to an exclusive direct access to the tarmac, Swissport can move pharmaceuticals within an average of two minutes from its temperature-controlled warehouse to the aircraft.

Swissport is investing at other European logistics hubs, too. In April 2018, the company announced its plan for a large-scale expansion of its cargo infrastructure at Frankfurt airport by signing a long-term lease agreement for a new facility at CargoCity South.

The company handles 4.7 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 850 client-companies in the aviation sector.