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angle-left 10.Feb.2014

Swissmedic awards Cargologic GDP- (Good Distribution Practice) certificate


With good reason, the transportation of pharmaceutical products is subject to special requirements. The management of the logistics chain for temperature-sensitive healthcare products is especially demanding. 
At the request of the responsible inspection authority, Cargologic has just been awarded a permit from the Swiss drug registration institution, Swissmedic, to engage in wholesale trading of pharmaceutical products and to store such products on its site at Zurich Airport.

In recent years, Cargologic has invested considerable amounts in adapting its infrastructure and expanding its temperature-controlled storage capacity. It can ensure at all times that the pharmaceuticals are continuously protected against moisture and kept at constant temperatures – in accordance with their manufacturers’ instructions – so that their quality is unchanged all the way through to their final destination.
The related logistical processes involved in the transshipment of pharmaceutical products have aso been revised and accelerated. All staff active in this area have completed specific GDP training.

“Swiss WorldCargo’s reliability across our global network is the result of a close cooperation with reliable handling partners, most notably our long-standing hub operator Cargologic in Zurich,” comments Urs Stulz, Vice President, Head of Central Services Group at Swiss WorldCargo. “The GDP certification is a further affirmation of our partner’s commitment to continuity in quality and allows Swiss WorldCargo to offer increasingly sophisticated air logistics solutions to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry".

The manufacture of pharmaceutical products requires compliance with the highest quality assurance standards. Risk minimization in line with the requirements at the respective storage sites is of course one of the aspects involved. This certificate will naturally be of particular use to clients in the healthcare field, who are operating in an increasingly demanding environment”, says Marco Gredig, Managing Director of Cargologic.
By obtaining this certificate, Cargologic has met not only the Swiss but also the European requirements issued by the drug registration authorities in the respective areas.

Cargologic – leader in airfreight handling
Cargologic is Switzerland's leading provider of airfreight handling services. Around 750 employees handle up to 500,000 tons of airfreight each year. The company operates at airports in Switzerland (Zurich, Basel, Berne and Lugano) and is also present in Amsterdam and Brussels through its affiliate, Skylink. Cargologic offers airlines and forwarders tailor-made solutions for all airfreight handling tasks. These include the handling of import, export, transit and special consignments, and carrying out airfreight safety checks. Cargologic also runs a bonded warehouse at Zurich Airport with over 6000 m2 of space.

Additional Information

Alexandra Dahl
Senior Manager
Head of Cargo Marketing and Communications

Swiss WorldCargo
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.

Postfach ZRHLX/CM
CH-8058 Zürich-Flughafen
Telefon +41 44 564 42 58


Silvia Cappelli
PR & Online Communication

Swiss WorldCargo
Swiss International Air Lines Ltd.
Postfach ZRHLX/CM
CH-8058 Zürich-Flughafen
Telefon +41 44 564 55 02