Swissport Brussels is first station worldwide to receive IATA’s new CEIV pharma certification

Swissport International Ltd., the world’s leading provider of ground and cargo handling services to the aviation industry, is proud to announce that its station Swissport Cargo in Brussels has successfully completed the validation process for IATA’s “Center of Excellence for Independent Validators” (CEIV) on Pharmaceutical Logistics. The certificate was handed over to Swissport at the World Cargo Symposium in Shanghai in March 2015.

In 2014, IATA established the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) on Pharmaceutical Logistics in close cooperation with the pharmaceutical industry, regulators and industry stakeholders. The certification aims at helping airlines, handlers and forwarders improve their share of the $60 billion a year pharmaceutical logistics market. The program, which includes implementation planning, on-site assessment, training and validation, marks a new standard in the pharmaceutical logistics industry and raises the benchmark for compliance with industry regulation. Swissport Cargo Brussels is among the first handling agents worldwide and the first Swissport Cargo station to successfully complete the new certification process.

The pharmaceutical logistics market is the most regulated and fragile cargo business in the world. As a consequence, the CEIV certification program comprises numerous modules focusing on equipment requirements, storage facilities, pharmaceutical handling procedures and internal pharmaceutical handling know-how. By being compliant with these modules and the strict requirements of IATA’s new industry standard, Swissport Brussels is in a position to meet the high standards set by the pharmaceutical industry and legislators globally.

“We are proud that Swissport Cargo Brussels has successfully completed IATA’s new CEIV pharma certification process. This is an important milestone in the joint project led by the Brussels Airport Company to strengthen the location as a major logistical platform for the pharmaceutical industry”, said Daniel Setz, Senior Vice President and Head of Global Cargo Operations at Swissport. “This further enhancement of our quality service offering goes in line with our constant product development to respond to the need of our customers. The know-how and competence learned in Brussels will support the further roll-out of our quality pharma handling products within our network.” 

Swissport International Ltd. provides ground services for more than 229 million passengers and handles 4.1 million tonnes of cargo a year on behalf of some 700 client-companies in the aviation sector. With a workforce of around 58,000 personnel, Swissport is active at more than 265 stations in 45 countries across five continents, and generates consolidated operating revenue of CHF 2.9 billion. www.swissport.com

For more information please contact:

Swissport International Ltd.
Corporate Communications
Sabine Fernández Meinitz
P.O. Box
CH-8058 Zurich-Airport
+41 43 815 00 00

Agency Contact for Swissport International Ltd.
Farner Consulting AG
Kurt Rossi
Oberdorfstrasse 28
CH-8001 Zurich
+41 44 266 67 22

Rupert Batstone, VP Business Support Swissport Cargo Services, receiving the certificate at the World Cargo Symposium in Shanghai in March 2015.