Menzies Aviation's cargo operations have received a further Centre of Excellence of Independent Validators for Pharmaceutical Logistics accreditation (CEIV Pharma) as recognised by IATA.
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This accreditation is for Menzies’ Melbourne base and marks the Company’s second accreditation in Australia. The accreditation is a formal endorsement to safely handle pharmaceuticals transported from all over the world into Melbourne.
Only last month, Menzies’ Sydney base became the first Handling Agent in the Oceania region to achieve CEIV Pharma. The accreditation is significant for Menzies, as the IATA CEIV Pharma underlines Menzies’ capabilities for handling high-value, time sensitive, and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical products with speed, consistency and efficiency. This achievement is particularly important, as Melbourne is Menzies’ second largest cargo operation in the Oceania & South East Asia network.
With a team of 100 employees, the base handles annual throughputs of over 100,000 tonnes of cargo from key partner airlines, and the certification represents an exciting opportunity for potential future expansion of operations in the region. Moreover, the accreditation demonstrates Menzies’ commitment to offering the highest standards of handling pharmaceuticals and vaccines in the region, which is particularly important given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Menzies continues to develop its air cargo services operations globally and is focusing on achieving CEIV Pharma certification in more bases to strengthen its supply chain. Melbourne is the second station to be certified globally, with upcoming certifications expected in London Heathrow, and Amsterdam as they near conclusion of the process. As the certification seeks to minimise product loss attributed to handling and environmental factors during transport, it will showcase Menzies’ best in class handling practices globally.
Alistair Reid, Executive Vice President, OSEA at Menzies Aviation said: “It is fantastic to see the progress we are making in Australia as we continue to invest in our air cargo services. For our Melbourne operations to be awarded the CEIV Pharma accreditation shortly after Sydney is a huge success and highlights our commitment to providing the highest standard of services and customer experience. Looking forward, we are excited to apply our learnings and experience to our bases globally so we can continue to provide the best service to our customers.”