DFW Airport partners awarded CEIV certifications

DFW Airport’s partners: dnata cargo USA, SCL Cold Chain, B.I.G Logistics and Expeditors have been awarded the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification from IATA.

CEIV Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport dnata cargo USA Expeditors I.G. Logistics IATA SCL Cold Chain

Pictured left to right: Glyn Hughes, IATA; Milton De La Paz, DFW; Nick Careen, IATA; John Ackerman, DFW; Ronald Schaefer, IATA

Key strategic logistics service providers within the community at Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) International Airport have been awarded the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification from the International Airport Transport Association (IATA), the trade association for the world’s airlines.


The distinction recognizes companies that successfully complete a rigorous process and meet global standards set by IATA for handing pharmaceuticals at airports. DFW is one of only two airports in North America with a CEIV Pharma Community covering all links in the airport supply chain.


DFW adopted a community approach for the certification process by assembling logistics partners specialized in ground handling, trucking, cold storage/warehousing, and freight forwarding, which represent essential links of the air cargo supply chain. The following partners are founding members of DFW’s CEIV community:

  • dnata cargo USA (ground handling and cold chain solutions)
  • SCL Cold Chain (refrigerated trucking)
  • I.G. Logistics (warehousing and distribution)
  • Expeditors (international freight forwarding)


The certification process for DFW’s logistics partners involved training, pre-validation assessment, audit and validation.


DFW’s cold chain facility operates 24/7 with capabilities to provide quality care for pharmaceutical freight, which consists of temperature- and time-sensitive products. The 37,000-sq. foot space has two dedicated pharma chambers, three multi-temperature zones and a 15,000-sq. foot area for airside refrigeration. Additional features include a refrigerated dock with truck doors, dry cargo space to handle a variety of customer needs and a certified customs screening facility for imports and exports.