Temperature controlled pharma shipments Frankfurt to Shanghai
Having 17 offices, throughout Germany, Denmark, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Poland and the United Kingdom; we are able to offer tailor-made solutions for our customers.
One of our offices, Quick Cargo Service Germany (QCS) has started a series of air transport shipments consisting entirely of temperature controlled (at 15-20 degrees) pharma shipments. We opted for a charter solution to get the temperature sensitive goods safely from Frankfurt to Shanghai.
Stephan Haltmayer (standing, right) was on hand at the loading of our client’s first shipment on LH Cargo’s B777F “Hallo Germany” – courtesy of LHC. When asked about the project, QCS Managing Director Stephan Haltmayer spoke of a very ambitious task that needs the utmost care and a lot of expertise to get it done properly. His client, whose name we cannot disclose, expects the job to be accomplished precisely and without any hassle. The entire project consists of more than 500 tons, that needed to be moved, in the wake of Chinese New Year, when available aircraft capacity is traditionally very limited.
Established contacts to carriers are key – To ensure efficiency, QCS decided against splitting up the shipment into different consignments and handing over the goods to line-haul carriers serving the Frankfurt-Shanghai route. In contrast, a series of ad-hoc flights seemed to be the better solution, guaranteeing the timely transport of the temperature sensitive pharma products as defined and expected by Quick’s customer. Stephan Haltmayer: “Accomplishing such a project, at a time when capacity is critical, proves to be a real challenge that can only be successfully met with a lot of market expertise and – equally important – well established contacts to reliable carriers.”
4 charters total – The first flight, deploying a Boeing 777F operated by Lufthansa Cargo, then another LHC, was a flight by one of their MD-11Fs; followed by two more charters. Working with partners that offer the most favorable conditions, especially service-wise. This way, the total 500-plus tons of pharmaceutical products have been flown from Germany to China totally organized and managed by QCS. Stephan explained, “A big advantage we have is our in-house X-ray machine which saved us and our customer a lot of time and hence a lot of money when securing the consignments.”
Charter flights can save a lot of money…Stephan contends that QCS was the only forwarder that could guarantee this particular customer the accomplishment of an ambitious project of this nature in a reasonable time frame, at a fair price and with the quality needed. The entire load (stemming from the Frankfurt area) picked up by QCS personnel was brought by air-conditioned vehicles to the agent’s warehouse located close to Rhine-Main Airport.
…and safeguard reputation – This is just one example of where QCS can add value to offer best service within the market.