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DHL Station in Shanghai Receives IATA CEIV Pharma Certification for Life Sciences and Healthcare Compliance

2017-04-11 14:43
-DHL Global Forwarding forges ahead with increased quality standards for life sciences and healthcare shipments
-Shanghai hub receives certification as the first freight forwarder in Asia

SHANGHAI, April 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL Group, certified its air freight station in Shanghai per the CEIV Pharma Standard of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The CEIV Pharma Certification of the aviation industry's umbrella association attests the highest service and quality standards for life sciences and healthcare customers through uniform processes and a compliant network.

"Over many years, DHL has been actively involved with IATA's continuous efforts to adequately answer to the regulatory demands of the pharmaceutical industry. This standardized approach in the air freight industry means productivity, accuracy, and reliability. All of those lead to product integrity and patient safety," states David Bang, Global Head of DHL Temperature Management Solutions and CEO LifeConEx at DHL Global Forwarding.

DHL started to certify its global stations according to the IATA CEIV Pharma Standard in the third quarter of 2016. Following independent audits by third parties and training courses for employees on site, the DHL Air Thermonet station in Shanghai received the quality label. Thereby DHL Global Forwarding enhances transportation and storage quality levels of pharmaceutical goods and the DHL Air Thermonet station exceeds usual quality standards. Due to its unique cloud-based IT platform LifeTrack, DHL offers more transparency in comparison to conventional offers in the area of temperature-controlled transports. LifeTrack not only ensures shipment tracking but also enables the intervention during the supply process around the clock on 365 days a year. With this quality assurance initiative DHL positions itself as a reliable partner for the transport of structural complex, temperature sensible pharmaceutical products.

"The life sciences and healthcare industry increasingly requires more regulatory control over the years including the transportation and storage of highly-sensitive pharmaceutical goods. Through the IATA CEIV Pharma Certification, DHL further shows its commitment to service quality when it comes to the delivery of these vital and temperature sensitive products," said Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding Greater China.

The location in Shanghai comprises 1,650 square meters, of which 1,405 square meters are available in the air-import warehouse and 245 square meters are available in the air-export warehouse for temperature storage. More details are available below:

Facilities Type



Temperature controlled room

15°C ~ 25°C


Reefer room

2°C ~ 8°C


Frozen container

0°C ~ -18°C



Temperature controlled room

15°C ~ 25°C


Reefer container (M01)

2°C ~ 8°C


Frozen container (M02)

0°C ~ -25°C


Reefer container (M04)

2°C ~ 8°C


At each location, the umbrella association IATA examines the station's correspondence to the Temperature Control Regulations (TCR), the GDP (Good Distribution Practices) guidelines of the European Union, the Annex 5 of the World Health Organization and the United States Pharmacopeia Standards. Apart from this they also set the industry standard for the transportation of dangerous goods and live animals in addition to sensitive pharmaceutical products.

With its international network, DHL offers at all of its Air Thermonet locations a wide-ranging product portfolio, covering all client needs for time and temperature sensitive airfreight shipments. Thereby, DHL has successfully established itself as the market leader for logistics solutions in the life sciences and healthcare industry. Also at Shanghai, the IATA-certified DHL Air Thermonet location, temperature sensible airfreight shipments are handled and the door-to-door courier solution "Life Sciences graded Specialty Courier" is offered for special demands of the industry. Additionally, DHL offers the express service "Medical Express" with a fixed delivery time and "DHL Clinical Trial Logistics" a logistics solution specifically designed for clinical studies such as the transportation of trial medication, auxiliary materials and lab kits.

DHL is the leading global brand in the logistics industry. Our DHL family of divisions offer an unrivalled portfolio of logistics services ranging from national and international parcel delivery, e-commerce shipping and fulfillment solutions, international express, road, air and ocean transport to industrial supply chain management. With about 340,000 employees in more than 220 countries and territories worldwide, DHL connects people and businesses securely and reliably, enabling global trade flows. With specialized solutions for growth markets and industries including technology, life sciences and healthcare, energy, automotive and retail, a proven commitment to corporate responsibility and an unrivalled presence in developing markets, DHL is decisively positioned as "The logistics company for the world".

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL Group. The Group generated revenues of more than 57 billion euros in 2016.

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