Kuehne + Nagel invests in global vaccine distribution network


Kuehne + Nagel has added two GxP-certified, temperature-controlled facilities for the distribution of vaccines and other pharma & healthcare products to its network, with the opening of airside pharma & healthcare hubs in Brussels, Belgium, and in Johannesburg, South Africa.

As many of the temperature-sensitive products have very low to no stability outside of their stated temperature ranges, direct tarmac access at Kuehne + Nagel airside facilities is aimed to further minimise the risk of temperature excursions and hopes to ensure product integrity during the logistics journey. The new premises have dedicated areas for all ranges of temperature-sensitive products: <-20°C, +2° to +8°C and +15° to +25°C. In addition, these facilities will have the ability to change or add dry ice as required for deep frozen shipment where temperatures need to be maintained below -60°C.

In Brussels, the new Air Logistics hub is located in the centre of Brucargo at the confinements of Brussels airport. The new Kuehne + Nagel facility consists of 15,546 sq m of warehousing space and is connected to the recently extended Geel Contract Logistics pharma warehousing facility, as well as the pan-European KN PharmaChain Road Logistics Network managed from Luxembourg.

In Johannesburg, the expanded KN PharmaChain airside facility at the international airport aims to respond to temperature-sensitive cargo handling, consolidation and storage requirements and will offer a number of value-added logistics services before distribution in South Africa or into Africa. Additionally, the new facility provides a temperature-controlled plane side solution through the use of state-of-the-art KN PharmaChain cool dollies. Built to accommodate both lower deck and main deck pallet sizes, the cool dollies protect the integrity of the cargo from the aircraft directly into the airside facility’s GxP coolers.

Yngve Ruud, Member of the Management Board of Kuehne + Nagel, responsible for Air Logistics, commented, “Today, new pharma & healthcare products tend to be more valuable, more temperature-sensitive and have additional requirements for storage and transportation conditions. Such capabilities and facilities are not easily available globally. The new hubs in Brussels and Johannesburg will ensure that our pharma & healthcare customers can fully rely on Kuehne + Nagel to handle the specific challenges of integrity as well as provide end-to-end visibility and regulatory compliance along the logistics journey of their sensitive products. So, they can focus on the health and well-being of their patients; because this is what matters the most.”

Source: Kuehne + Nagel