Yusen Logistics Pharma Superhighway set to pass million pallet milestone in 2013


High security service provides cross border, temperature-controlled coverage on a pan-European basis

Yusen Logistics’ European Pharmaceutical Superhighway is contracted to carry more than one million pallets this year, providing solutions to highly complex supply chain requirements for both major global manufacturers and small biotech companies.

This growth is set to continue as more manufacturers buy into this high security service, which provides cross border, temperature-controlled coverage on a true pan-European basis, with flexible, GDP-compliant solutions ensuring complete product integrity and legislative compliance.

Ian Veitch, Managing Director, Yusen Logistics UK, explains: ‘The pharmaceutical and healthcare market sectors are key strategic development areas for Yusen Logistics, as we continue to develop and refine our services in response to demand from our pharmaceutical customers. Our solutions currently range from the delivery of raw materials APIs and excipients into the manufacturing process, to the delivery of finished drugs of all classes and equipment, to in-market distributors, hospitals, pharmacies and surgeries.’

The Superhighway operation is based on a strategic network of specialist pharmaceutical hubs that consolidate and cross-dock product for onward delivery throughout Western and Eastern Europe and beyond. Yusen Logistics’ GDP/MHRA licensed approved hubs in Belgium and the UK also manage global inbound/outbound shipments by air and sea.

Superhighway movements are managed by the Yusen Logistics Control Tower, which provides aerial views across Europe, whatever the origin or destination. This enables centralised planning of pan-European transport movements to maximise vehicle utilisation, minimise empty running, reduce pallet costs and achieve environmental benefits, while ensuring product integrity.

All vehicles used are temperature controlled (for both ambient and cold chain products), GPS tracked, with remote temperature monitoring and operating to GDP guidelines, ensuring safe transit and delivery of all products. For controlled drugs and narcotics additional controls are in place to ensure safe delivery, including dedicated solutions for a single pallet upwards where required.

The fleet expansion policy into greater use of dual temperature, double-deck trailers continues to contribute towards improved load-fill and cost-down solutions.

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Through the Control Tower, Yusen Logistics offers a single centre to manage global air and sea freight movements together with a full range of customs and fiscal services, linking into its offices around the world.