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part of the CEIV Pharma programme– ground handler dnata
Cargo USA, reefer trucker SCL Cold Chain, warehousing and
distribution specialist BIG Logistics, and freight forwarder
Expeditors. The partners participated in the certification process that involved training, pre-validation assessment, audit
More significantly, DFW is now a member of Pharma.Aero–
which has demonstrated effective cross-industry collaboration,
particularly with pharma shippers and other CEIV Pharma
communities to bring in innovation so as to guarantee the integrity of life-saving products to shape the future of pharmaceutical logistics and further strengthen the entire air cargo
Aditionally, DFW is working with the life sciences sector
and air transportation industry to improve safety and ensure
the cold chain is unbroken throughout the end-to-end process.
DFW’s Cargo Cloud provides a slot booking app for truckers
to reduce downtime and emissions at airports. Through the
Global Pharma tracker, the airport can also monitor pharma
product temperatures from origin to destination.
Established in 2018, ground handler dnata Cargo USA has
a 37,000 sq ft cargo centre that includes the only dedicated coolchain perishable cargo facility at DFW. Around 18,000 sq ft of
the facility is dedicated to cool-chain solutions with staff
trained to ensure that perishables such as pharmaceuticals,
fruits, vegetables, fresh fish
and seafood, meat and flowers
maintain their freshness during the entire air transportation process.
e-commerce specialist Tigers
also owns an 86,000 sq ft facility, which includes a temperature-controlled area, at DFW.
DFW is currently planning
an express facility for e-commerce and a new cargo area.
US-bound flows of international e-commerce have passed
largely through major coastal
gateways, but, increasingly,
providers are interested in
gateways further inland to reduce distances for distribution, and DFW is an ideal choice.
Also, due to the rapid growth of the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area, domestic e-commerce flows have been strong.
E-commerce giant Amazon has five distribution facilities with
a combined footprint of about 5 mn sq ft at the airport.
Moreover, the airport authority is looking to establish itself
as a gateway for intercontinental e-commerce flows to Latin
America, particularly from Asia. This follows its strategy on
the cargo side as a connection point for transpacific and USLatin America operations. The airport plans to tear down some
buildings in the north-western sector of the airport that are
40-50 years old and replace them with a new cargo complex.
The first phase, which is earmarked for the e-commerce
express facility, will comprise a 148,000 sq ft building and
ramp space, with three parking positions for freighters. The
second phase will expand the building to 240,000 sq ft and
add two aircraft parking positions. Phase three will see construction of a second building, taking the combined footprint
to 340,000 sq ft, and two more parking positions.
“DFW Airport has modern, efficient, high-throughput
cargo facilities with cargo ramps capable of supporting multiple Group 6 freighter operations 24-hours a day. DFW also
has a state-of-the-art perishable and pharma facility to support
handling of large quantities of temperature controlled commodities. In addition, DFW
Airport boasts more than five
million square feet of wareDFW is also the first
house space to support freight
airport in North
forwarder and e-commerce opAmerica to have both
erations,” said John Ackerman,
an IATA CEIV Pharma
Executive Vice President- Globcommunity and a
al Strategy and Development at
cloud-based air cargo
“During the pandemic,
DFW has seen a significant
number of passenger aircraft
sharing of cargo
operating as cargo freighters.
shipments across all
We have been able to make use
stakeholders in the
of our hard stand area and passupply chain.
senger gates to deliver critical
cargo. Most of our freighter
schedules have remained as planned and we saw very good load
factors for both imports and exports,” informed Ackerman.
According to Ackerman, the entire industry helped bring
forth DFW Airport’s importance in the supply chain when
critical supplies need to move around the world quickly. The
passenger carriers came to the table with creative solutions to
help ease the burden on the strained freighter system and keep
the world supplied with PPEs and pharmaceuticals. “We are
proud that DFW was a hub for some of these activities.”
“Pharma is a big piece of that traffic, as well as raw materials and manufactured goods,” Ackerman said. “We feel the
investment in our cool chain facility will allow us to grow the
pharma business overall at DFW.”
“We are in process of updating our DFW Cargo Master Plan
that will provide for a variety of long-term updates to our facilities. The goal is to ensure and better fund future growth.”
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