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Swiss WorldCargo further strengthens its network of “quality corridors” with the renewal of the GDP compliance at Zurich hub

Swiss WorldCargo’s hub in Zurich reaffirms its position as a leading airport when it comes to handling pharmaceutical shipments: Swissmedic, the Swiss authority responsible for the authorization and supervision of therapeutic products, renewed the Cargologic handling facilities’ GDP compliance certification in September 2017. Swiss WorldCargo’s ground handling partner was one of the first to secure GPD compliance in 2014 and the "Center of Excellence for Independent Validators" (CEIV) certification from IATA for the handling of pharmaceutical products in 2015.

Over the last two years, Swiss WorldCargo has been investing heavily in replicating this best practice model in collaboration with its ground-handling partners around the world. A network of certified trade lanes is being implemented to ensure the highest quality standards and product integrity in cold chain handling on a global scale. By the end of 2017, some 50 "quality corridors" are expected to be in place, covering the top pharma destinations.

Swiss WorldCargo is also seeking to extend the Envirotainer QEP (Qualified Envirotainer Provider) programme, which recognizes its partner carriers as competent service providers when handling Envirotainer active units around their network; 30 stations in the Swiss WorldCargo network have already received this accreditation and more will follow in the coming months.

Swiss WorldCargo has also further enhanced its capabilities when handling pharma products with the implementation of the additional storage temperature range "ERT" in the cool storage facilities at the main pharma destinations.

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Swiss WorldCargo: new organizational set-up in the Americas

The air cargo division of SWISS announces a new organizational set-up in the American market and the appointment of Mr. Hendrik Falk as Regional Manager Western, Southern USA & South America.

Effective October 2017, Swiss WorldCargo’s American organization will be consolidated from three to two regions: Western, Southern USA & South America and Northeast/Midwest USA and Canada.

The newly created region Western, Southern USA & South America will be headed by Hendrik Falk, who has recently joined Swiss WorldCargo and will be based in Atlanta. Hendrik has extensive executive experience and almost thirty years expertise in the air cargo industry. In his former role as Vice President North and South America of an international all cargo carrier, he was responsible for all aspects of that company’s activities in both continents. Previously, he held several executive roles for industry leaders in various challenging capacities in the USA, Asia and in Europe.

The region Northeast/Midwest USA and Canada will continue to be led by Mr. Michael Ganz, based in New York. Michael joined the American organization two years ago, after holding several commercial management positions at Swisscargo and Swiss WorldCargo in Zurich.

Mr. René Brechbuehl, who had been successfully heading the region South-East USA & South America for the last 3 years, will be leaving Swiss WorldCargo in October to begin his well-deserved retirement following 44 years of service with Swissair and SWISS.

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Swiss WorldCargo awarded again for the DHL CARE Award

Swiss WorldCargo, together with Lufthansa Cargo and two other air cargo carriers have been rewarded for the DHL CARE Award in 2017. All of the nominees are recognized for excellence in transporting temperature-sensitive life science products.
Swiss WorldCargo feels greatly honoured for the recognition of its performance and core expertise via this industry wide award.

DHL, the world’s leading logistics and shipping provider, recognized Lufthansa Cargo & Swiss WorldCargo, United Cargo and Emirates SkyCargo as the recipients of this year’s Carrier Award for Reliability and Excellence.
Inaugurated in 2016, the DHL CARE Awards acknowledge air freight providers, whose services set the industry standard for the transport of temperature-sensitive life sciences products.
The DHL CARE Awards were presented at the 17th DHL Global Life Sciences and Healthcare Conference in Singapore this week, where close to 400 life sciences and healthcare leaders met to discuss major supply chain trends affecting the industry.

This year’s DHL CARE Award winners were chosen from a pool of carriers according to criteria including shipment quality, ground handling expertise and innovation in both technology and process. The award recipients all demonstrated extremely high levels of shipment performance, combined with a variety of factors including rigorous certification and bold infrastructural investments.

Swiss WorldCargo is very happy that its reliability and excellence gets a wide recognition. Ashwin Bhat, Head of Cargo at SWISS, comments: “It is a great honour for us to be nominated again for the DHL CARE Award, we are very proud. We also are encouraged to be on the right track on tackling the two major challenges which determine our business nowadays; the increasing need for customisation and the complexity of the regulatory framework. We will continue to improve on these core challenges and finding innovative solutions for our clients.”

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Table of content of issue 3/2017

From Ashwin Bhat

Lead Story
Quality Management at Swiss WorldCargo

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Network News
New organisational set-up in the Americas



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