Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Pharmaceutical Goods Need a Certified Freight Forwarding and Distribution System

European Standard Helps Logistics Group to a New Contract
Shipping News Feature

UK – INDIA – CANADA – UAE – Gefco is a company known by many in the freight industry principally for the French based group’s involvement with the shipment of finished vehicles and automotive parts. Of late however the forwarding group has been expanding its operations into the pharmaceutical field and acquisition of Good Distribution Practice (GDP) has enabled it to compete for new business in the sector.

Such was the case when the company was selected, following a competitive pitch, by Laminar Medica, experts in the design, test, manufacture and qualification of insulated shipping systems, used by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries globally. The solution provided by Gefco to safely transport the packaging systems started earlier this year and includes collection from Laminar Medica’s manufacturing facilities in Tring, Hertfordshire, for sea freight shipment to pharmaceutical customers in India, Canada and UAE.

The EU Commission standard of Good Distribution Practice has become part of Gefco UK’s quality assurance which ensures products are consistently stored, transported and handled under suitable conditions as required by the marketing authorisation (MA) or product specification. Pharma Grade Reefer containers will be used to protect pharmaceutical grade sensitive packaging from any condensation in the summer months, where as in the winter months high levels of cleanliness are vitally important for protecting the packaging when being shipped. Ed Fletcher-Wells, Logistics Manager at Laminar Medica said:

“We chose Gefco UK because of the great relationship we have developed with them and the overall service levels and competitiveness they can offer. We were also impressed by Gefco’s global network and straight talking, no nonsense approach to business.”