Sunday, October 6, 2013

Intermodal Shift Concentrates Cargo Hub on Pharmaceutical Air Freight Traffic

Two Conferences and Exhibitions on Opposite Side of the World Highlight a Growing Importance of the Lifescience Supply Chain
Shipping News Feature

NETHERLANDS – INDIA – WORLDWIDE – The import and export of pharmaceuticals is definitely playing a major role for Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport these days as other sources of traffic change their intermodal requirements. Not only has the air freight hub has partnered with Air France KLM Cargo, Cargosafe, AAA (Amsterdam Airport Area) and logistics service provider IJS Global to provide the main sponsorship for this year’s Life Sciences Supply Chain Summit but Schiphol is to co-host the Pharma Shippers Forum at the Air Cargo India Conference and Exhibition next February.

The 2013 Life Sciences Supply Chain Summit, is taking place in Amsterdam from November 20-21 and Schiphol Cargo’s resident pharma and lifescience logistics expert, Bart Pouwels, is also among the Elite Speaker Faculty for the event, which will cover the shipping of pharmaceuticals, medical devices and healthcare products. Pouwels will share the stage with other experts from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and shippers in the sector. Readers wishing to stay abreast of conference can receive information HERE.

This will be the fourth annual conference and will focus on the impact of global regulation on supply chains, the potential role of value chain collaboration in saving costs, exploiting new markets, and supply chain management as a market differentiator in the healthcare sector. All aspects of pharmaceutical transportation will be up for examination including the segmentation of supply chains and relationship development within them, future trends and possibilities and, in addition to the two-day conference and its presentations, panels and interactive peer discussions, one to one meetings will also be available between users and suppliers of logistics services. Says Bart Pouwels:

“We are all delighted to join together in sponsoring this important event, and I am personally honoured to have been included in the distinguished line-up of speakers. The lifesciences and healthcare sectors are vitally important to airfreight’s future success and prosperity, replacing other commodities traffic that has been converted to surface freight. This makes them a key target for development by Schiphol and its partners. As an industry, we must ensure that our aspirations to attract such business are also supported by the adoption of best practice, the willingness to learn and adapt to the sector’s special needs, and the investment required to provide the necessary specialised resources.”

The importance of the Indian pharmaceutical market, estimated at some $20 billion annually, cannot be overlooked by any serious air cargo player. The pharma sector will be the central focus of next year’s Air Cargo India Conference and Exhibition to be held in Mumbai, February 4-6. Analysts predict the sector will achieve annual growth of around 8% by 2015 and this year’s event will feature a Pharma Shippers’ Forum, co-hosted by Schiphol Cargo and event organiser STAT Times, designed to bring shippers, freight forwarders and logistics providers, airlines, handling agents and others together to discuss the special needs of the sector, the airfreight industry’s response to date, and how the industry can fully exploit this valuable evolving market in the future.

The President of FIEO (Federation of Indian Exports Organisation), Rafeeque Ahmad, will deliver the keynote address at the Conference, to which all 13,000 FIEO members (who include Pharma exporters) will be invited and the Forum will adopt the ‘Schiphol’ round-table format, in which experienced moderator Enno Osinga (Amsterdam Airport Schiphol’s Senior VP Cargo) will begin proceedings by posing probing questions to a number of airfreight industry specialists present. The floor will be opened up to questions and comments from the audience, which is expected to include a significant attendance by India’s 800-strong pharma manufacturing sector.

Once again Bart Pouwels is involved co-organising the Forum with STAT Media and he commented that, having successfully facilitated growth of pharma traffic from India, using Amsterdam as a gateway to other continents such as the Americas, Schiphol intended to investigate expanding these services where there was a potential for growth. Priyo Patra, Director of STAT Media, added:

“Worldwide pharmaceutical and life science shipments from India have been on a growth trajectory. With the top 100 pharmaceutical companies invited to the forum and the participation of regulators, temperature controlled warehouse operators, airlines, airports and other stakeholders, the event will be an excellent platform for networking, and arriving at tangible solutions that all participants can apply to achieve a successful and compliant pharma supply chain.”

More information on the Air Cargo India Conference and Exhibition can be seen HERE.

Photo: Bart Pouwels