Yusen Logistics (YL) and Imperial Health Sciences (IHS) have launched the pharmaceutical industry’s first dedicated, temperature-controlled sea freight consolidation service to Southern Africa. This weekly service starts in January 2014. Solutions for East and West Africa will follow later in the year. The solution has been developed in response to demand from pharmaceutical customers for a robust total supply chain service, with handling by Goods Distribution Practice (GDP)-trained staff throughout.
The service will maximize the cost-effectiveness of sea solutions versus airfreight, providing a transparent and comprehensive solution for stock replenishment. With a door-to-door pallet rate structure for consignments – which can range from a single pallet to a dedicated container – the service enables maximized quality and minimized risk, with a complete audit trail for temperature control (15ᵒC/25ᵒC) and security.
Pickups will be made throughout Europe by YL’s “Superhighway” network and delivered into YL’s European pharmaceutical hub in Antwerp. Weekly sailings will depart from the Port of Antwerp direct to Cape Town where product will be pre-cleared and offloaded into IHS’ local GDP warehouse. Quality sampling can be performed on request.
Onward transportation is by fully temperature-controlled vehicles, with the following options available:
· Direct delivery to consignee;
· Direct delivery to manufacturer’s warehouse;
· Onward delivery to IHS’ GDP approved facilities in South Africa with final mile distribution.
This service represents the first “total solution” from Europe to southern Africa, offering quality and cost benefits for both large and small shipments.