Brussels continues CEIV community push

With the industry’s first Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV Pharma) certified community, Brussels Airport (BRU) is now embarking on the next phase of the programme, a move it believes will confirm its position as the preferred European Pharma Gateway. Donald Urquhart reports.

Brussels continues CEIV community push

Last year BRUcargo became the world’s first IATA CEIV Pharma certified airport community, clearly proving our pharma handing excellence and leadership. Brussels Airport is now recognised by the pharma industry as the preferred pharma gateway in our region” says Steven Polmans, head of Cargo at Brussels Airport.

Eleven companies covering the entire cool chain through the airport participated in the 2014 BRUcargo pharma certification programme: Three on-line handling agents, two airlines, five forwarding agents and one trucking company. “The fact that we have had so much good feedback from the first group of companies and seen the interest we got from the market to do a second wave, shows the strength of the programme for all”, added Polmans. “We are delighted to understand that participating companies are seeing additional business, simplified audits from pharma shippers and increased market visibility.”

The second group will see ten companies – freight forwarders and trucking companies – participating in the programme to obtain the IATA CEIV pharma certificate. These include some of the world’s largest forwarders, including: DHL Global Forwarding, Kuehne + Nagel, Geodis Wilson, Hazgo, FB Logistics, Ninatrans and Van Dievel Transport, amongst others.

Polmans said once this second batch of 10 companies completes the certification, a total of 20 companies at BRU will be certified. “We can say 95% of all pharmaceutical’s at Brussels Airport will go via a CEIV certified operation, whether it is the airline, the handler, the forwarder or the trucker, so that is a huge increase. That means we not only really cover the market, but also give pharmaceutical companies a lot of choice because it’s not all about one company being certified, we have a whole range of companies certified.