Jonas van Stekelenburg (left), with Sebastiaan Scholte of Jan de Rijk and Kester Meijer (right)

Schiphol Airport is to spend €1m on an “early warning system” to alert pharma shippers of a temperature incursion in the supply chain.

Using money awarded by the government for research, the airport, with its Pharma Gateway Amsterdam (PGA) partners, will fund data collection which will be used to design and build the system.

Announcing it on the first birthday of the PGA, cargo director Jonas van Stekelenburg said the work would begin immediately, with initial results expected after the summer.

“Shippers didn’t want track and trace – they wanted to know of any temperature excursions,” he said.

Kester Meijer, operations director for KLM, said the new system would help the community “take action when the cargo is under our control, and see if we can do anything.”

PGA now has 13 members, with the group hoping to double that this year. Seven are CEIV certified, with more expected to join the scheme.

PGA is working with Air France-KLM, Cargonaut, and two Dutch universities on the warning system.




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