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Cathay consolidates pharma offering

[ November 22, 2022   //   ]

Cathay Pacific Cargo is to consolidate all its solutions for the pharma sector under a new brand, Cathay Pharma.

The service will be subdivided into two simplified headings – Active and Passive.

The Active solution uses ‘active’ containers with thermostatic mechanisms, while Passive uses passive coolants and insulation to maintain temperature.

Bookings made under either option include expedited ground handling and priority tarmac transfers, to limit the risk of temperature excursions while shipments are exposed to ambient outdoor temperatures.

Cathay Pharma offers four transportation temperature ranges to suit the most common types of pharma shipments, including ERT – extended room temperature: +2°C to +25°C in response to demand from customers. It also offers containers from seven supplier partners able to achieve specific temperatures in an operating range from as low as -80°C to +40°C.

Customers making a Cathay Pharma booking can follow their shipment’s progress and condition with visibility and 24/7 proactive mitigation from an operations control center.

It follows opening of a a 1,250sq m fully temperature-controlled pharma area at the carrier’s Hong Kong cargo terminal, which doubles its cold storage capacity. The centre has been built to IATA CEIV Pharma standards and is capable of processing 235,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals per year.