More CEIV certifications awarded as air cargo players attempt to protect pharma volumes from ocean freight
IATA’s CEIV initiative is gaining momentum as the air cargo industry attempts to plug the flow of pharma shippers switching to ocean freight.
At last week’s World Cargo Symposium in Berlin, the air cargo community at Schiphol announced its participation in the scheme, while Frankfurt is also gaining certification. IATA has said the accreditation is “urgently required to stop the alarming decline of air cargo’s market share of global pharmaceutical product transport”.
There has been some distrust of CEIV, with some players claiming it is simply a money-making opportunity for IATA, and others saying it was nothing but a marketing and sales tool for participants. But IATA has denied the accusation, saying it does not make significant sums. And a source at one airport, which was against the idea last year, told The Coolstar recently that although he remained uncertain of the benefits, “if we don’t do it, we would be at a competitive disadvantage now”.
Source: The Loadstar