The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has created a new industry certification for the management of transporting perishable products by air.
Handling and transporting perishables by air is challenging due to the specific time and temperature requirements for different food and plant products.
The Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) has launched the CEIV Fresh program to help the cargo industry meet such requirements using IATA’s Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR), which combines professional regulatory and operational input from industry and government experts.
Shippers will have assurance that CEIV Fresh certified companies are operating to the highest quality and standards in the transport of perishable products
“Perishable goods is a growing market for air cargo. Ensuring that these delicate and short shelf-life products reach the customer unspoiled with minimal waste and loss is essential,” said said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.
“Shippers will have assurance that CEIV Fresh certified companies are operating to the highest quality and standards in the transport of perishable products.”
Organizations including the Airport Authority Hong Kong, (AAHK), Cathay Pacific, Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) were among the first to pilot the new program, working together using the same standards.
IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, Glyn Hughes said that taking a common approach to handling the goods is important to ensure successful shipment across different strands of the value chain.
“Shippers can have peace of mind knowing that every entity handling their goods is operating to the same standards,” said Glyn Hughes, IATA Global Head of Cargo.
“Understanding the value of this to the success of its customers, the Airport Authority Hong Kong pioneered the world’s first CEIV Fresh certified airport community.”
Fred Lam, Airport Authority Hong Kong CEO said the organization was “delighted” to be part of bringing CEIV Fresh to fruition.
“Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) is the world’s busiest cargo airport since 2010—with the new certification, HKIA is well-placed to capture the increasing growth opportunities in the market for fresh and perishable goods,” Lam said.