Global pharmaceutical sales are forecast to reach $1.3 trillion in a couple of years, and, by 2018, emerging countries including China, India, Brazil, Russia, and Mexico are expected to account for nearly 50 percent of the growth in drug spending globally.
Pharmaceutical products are often temperature-sensitive and require controls applicable to other perishables.
These emerging markets present new opportunities for pharmaceuticals exporters. But the increased volumes of shipments and the growing diversity of their destinations, demand enhancements to cold chain infrastructure, services, and technologies.
Among recent developments in this area, Yusen Logistics announced the opening of a dedicated pharmaceuticals gateway at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport last year. This new operation marked the launch of the company’s global pharma airfreight services.
The operation links Yusen Logistics’ Antwerp import/export consolidation center and European central warehouse with its Schiphol operations, to form a multi-modal hub. Pharmaceuticals shippers are able to call for full or part-load consignments for movement by air, sea, or road.
Main destinations for Yusen Logistics’ pharmaceutical airfreight shipments from Amsterdam include JFK, Sao Paulo, Toronto, Santiago de Chile, Japan, Korea, Manila, and Sydney. Products handled include prescription medicines, vaccines, antibiotics, biotechnologies, and healthcare equipment.
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