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DHL and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo make transports of medicinal products more transparent

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DHL Global Forwarding and Air France KLM Martinair Cargo improve transparency in the pharmaceutical logistics chain. Together, the two leading players in the airfreight pharmaceutical industry have created a direct host-to-host connection to enhance the data reliability and availability for their customers. Information about deliveries can be easily accessed and monitored via DHL’s LifeTrack Portal.

Nina Heinz, Global Head of Network & Quality, at DHL Global Forwarding, explains: “When securing product integrity and patient safety in the supply chain, data transparency is key. Taking a partnership approach to automating shipment data sharing for cargo characteristics like container temperatures is an essential step to providing our customers with peace of mind about how their shipments are being moved across the globe.”

AFKLMP’s Global Head of Pharmaceutical Logistics Enrica Calonghi adds: “This is an important milestone and yet another example of our strong innovative ambition. Within Pharmaceutical Logistics, we aim to create transparency and visibility in each step of the cold chain. It is the next stage in the digitization of our industry.”

By joining forces, DHL Global Forwarding and AFKLMP Cargo enhance the integration of their systems and enable shared temperature readings for active pharma solutions. In the pharmaceutical industry, total transparency of the logistics chain is fundamental in order to maintain the integrity of the product.

The joint solution enables a host-to-host connection through an application programming interface (API) that allows for system-based integrated information sharing about the shipment journey, including all shipments’ important milestones and temperature checks for active containers. This facilitates both higher standards for reliability and real-time updates of product temperature in the cold chain while it is transported in special climate-controlled containers.

Currently, this service is provided at AFKLMP’s largest life sciences hubs in Amsterdam Schiphol and Paris CDG. Based on this first proof of concept, the two companies have agreed to extend the roll-out of active container temperature readings to all the main pharma network points.

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Delta Cargo partners with PayCargo to offer new payment platform

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Delta Cargo has partnered with online payment platform PayCargo and Unisys to offer customers an additional option to pay for their shipments’ destination charges. The new service for cargo shipments that originated internationally and delivered throughout the U.S. will be available starting July 10, 2020.

PayCargo is the world’s leading online payment platform for the air cargo and shipping industry. Its secure and easy-to-use system has cost benefits directly for Delta Cargo’s customers as it automates data flows, eliminates the need to send paper checks and enables same-day release of cargo. To use the system, customers must first register via the PayCargo.

Customers will then receive updated charges information and efficiently process payments due at the destination. Once payment is made, Delta Cargo is notified in real-time to process the shipment and expedite shipment release.

“Delta Cargo is focused on making it easy to do business with us and our new collaboration with PayCargo and Unisys does just that,” said Shawn Cole, Vice President – Delta Cargo. “As we strive to become the airline of choice for our customers, we know that offering secure payment options is one way we can achieve this.”

Lionel van der Walt, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Americas, PayCargo said: “PayCargo is honored to partner with a prestigious carrier such as Delta Air Lines. This collaboration, made possible through our integration with Unisys, will facilitate significant cost and operational efficiencies by enabling staff to expedite the release of cargo without the need for accessing multiple systems, and automates data flows to save time and avoid costly human errors.”

Unisys is an innovative provider of digital solutions for the air cargo industry. The integrated solution that Unisys offers with PayCargo will automate the payment process for improved visibility and streamlined operations.

“By leading the integration with PayCargo, Unisys was instrumental in facilitating additional payment options to provide the speed and flexibility to seamlessly process transactions across platforms,” said Curtis Schuler, Unisys Vice President – Client Management, Americas. “Our long-term relationship and in depth understanding of Delta’s operations, along with PayCargo’s expertise in payments systems, allowed the joint team to deliver real benefits within five months.”

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Emirates SkyCargo expands cargo connectivity to 100 destinations

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Emirates SkyCargo will be operating scheduled cargo flights to 100 destinations across six continents during the month of July 2020. Some of the new cities added to the air cargo carrier’s network include Accra, Algiers, Athens, Fort Lauderdale, Glasgow, Larnaca, Los Angeles, Male, Moscow (SVO), Phnom Penh, Rome, Santiago, Sialkot and Tunis.
Emirates SkyCargo’s network expansion is in response to the growing economic activity and demand for air cargo capacity from markets across the world along with Emirates’ increased passenger flight operations. By offering multiple daily or weekly cargo flight frequencies to major production and consumer markets, the carrier is helping facilitate supplies of goods required for combatting the current pandemic as well as machinery and equipment required for manufacturing and several key economic sectors across global trade lanes.
In addition to scheduled services, Emirates SkyCargo also operates a number of special charter flights every week to transport a range of commodities from Personal Protective Supplies and pharmaceuticals to food and outsized machinery and components.
The freight division of Emirates offers an innovative range of cargo capacity options for businesses and exporters on its modern, wide-body aircraft fleet. In addition to loading of cargo in the belly hold, Emirates SkyCargo has introduced loading of select cargo on the passenger seats and in the overhead bins of the passenger cabin of its Boeing 777-300ER aircraft.
Recently the carrier also modified 10 Boeing 777-300ER aircraft from its fleet by removing seats from the Economy Class in the passenger cabin to make room for additional cargo. Emirates SkyCargo also operates 11 Boeing 777 F full freighters currently deployed to over 30 destinations every week.
Emirates SkyCargo places a strong emphasis on the safety of operations. Working with its partners, including ground handlers, the carrier has introduced a number of strict guidelines on cabin loading of cargo covering the type of permitted cargo as well as proper packaging and handling in accordance with IATA guidelines.

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FedEx welcomes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement

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FedEx Corp. today recognizes the entry into force of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. This agreement will benefit all three economies and make them more competitive around the world.

At FedEx, trade is our business, and expanding global trade is essential to our customers, our workers and our company. USMCA replaces the twenty-six-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), helping to streamline trade across the North American market, which is of critical importance to FedEx and our customers.

“We applaud the governments of the United States, Mexico and Canada for working together to approve and implement an agreement that simplifies trade for the highly integrated North American supply chains,” said FedEx COO Raj Subramaniam. “Modernizing and expanding global trade through free trade agreements like USMCA breaks down trade barriers, creates new job opportunities and helps our customers reach new markets.”

USMCA makes North American trade easier and addresses issues including e-commerce and the protection of intellectual property. When it comes to day-to-day shipping for FedEx customers, USMCA offers several advantages:

  • The de minimis, or duty and/or tax exemption threshold agreed to by the three governments, increases for imports into Canada and Mexico, potentially reducing overall shipping costs.
  • Simplified clearance value limits increase, reducing the amount of documentation necessary. As a result, volumes of formal clearance decrease, lowering costs and increasing efficiencies.
  • Quicker clearance for more shipments will result in higher customer satisfaction.

The agreement is recognized in Mexico as the Tratado entre Mexico, Estados Unidos y Canada (T-MEC) and in Canada as the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

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