FedEx offers new solution for deep frozen shipments

The solution has benefits for suppliers of clinical trials, diagnostics, biotech or pharma products

Fedex Corp has launched a FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution for the shipping of temperature-sensitive healthcare products around the world.

The solution uses liquid nitrogen dry vapour technology that maintains a temperature of below -150 °C for up to 10 days using the CryoPort Express Dry Shipper. Unlike dry ice, this technology is classified as non-hazardous, which eliminates the complexities associated with being classified as dangerous goods.

In addition, the overall process is said to be simple. Customers place orders online through a customised FedEx portal. FedEx provides the pre-conditioned container to the customer to load their temperature-sensitive product. FedEx then delivers the container to its final destination while actively monitoring the shipment and intervening if needed during transit. Finally, it picks up the container and returns it for refurbishing.

‘The FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution combines innovative dry vapour technology with the reliability of FedEx logistics management to provide customers with the highest level of integrity and security for their high-value frozen shipments worldwide,’ said Raj Subramaniam, senior vice president of Global Marketing for FedEx.

Customers involved with clinical trials, diagnostics, biotechnology or manufacturing of pharmaceuticals could benefit from the solution. The FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution is classified under the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a non-hazardous dry shipper and meets the requirements to handle both infectious substances (UN3373) and non-infectious clinical samples.

‘We have heard from customers that they want a simpler alternative for shipping temperature-sensitive products that eliminates the complexities involved with dry ice,’ said Carl Asmus, vice president of International Market Development for FedEx.

‘This new service is not only non-hazardous, but it also reduces environmental impact through the use of a recyclable container and liquid nitrogen, which evaporates harmlessly,’ Asmus added.

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