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SINGAPORE AIRFREIGHT DIRECTORY 2019/2020
Raising Standards for Perishables and Pharmaceuticals
Perishable goods are a growing market for air cargo. Ensuring that these delicate and short shelf-life products reach the customer unspoiled with minimal waste and loss is essential. Shippers will have assurance that
CEIV Fresh certified companies are operating to the highest quality and standards in the transport of perishable products,.
DE JUNIAC
IATA DIRECTOR GENERAL AND CEO
Perishables and pharmaceuticals, two temperature-controlled segments, seem designed for airfreight. With short shelf lives, they have to be delivered within days rather than months.
Handling them is particularly challenging. Fruits,  owers and vegetables – amongst the  rst commodities carried by air – deteriorate over time and under extreme temperatures and humidity and must be handled with particular care.
The requirements are even more stringent for pharmaceuticals, as product integrity can be
compromised by temperature changes during transportation, rendering them worthless and potentially harmful, or even deadly, to end recipients. To ensure quality, they require speci c equipment, storage facilities, harmonised handling procedures and, above all, close co- operation among the cold chain partners.
New Standardised Global Programmes
Over the last six years, IATA has rolled out new standardised global certi cation programmes to support the transport and handling of perishables and pharmaceuticals. Working
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