Updated on 20 February 2014
The nature of such shipments demands stringent time and temperature controls as government agencies such as the FDA have strict compliance to temperature parameters for customized medicines and biotechnology drugs. Maintaining product temperatures parameters and real time data visibility through the whole supply chain is critical to the healthcare companies to meet these regulations.
According to industry estimates, seven out of ten of the top pharmaceutical products will require temperature-controlled transportation by 2014, therefore increasing the demand for customised logistics solutions.
Many biopharma shipments require a refrigerated environment within a certain temperature range, and that has resulted in recent FedEx innovations including a new "cold shipping" packaging that can maintain cool temperatures for up to 96 hours.
As an example, one US-based multi-national biopharmaceutical company that FedEx services, transports liquid media between US and Singapore, and requires shipments to be maintained at a customised temperature range of between 2-8°C (chilled), or -20°C (frozen) throughout the entire shipping process, not only during flight, but also in the time that the shipment transits from a flight to an on-road vehicle. We provide the customer a time-definite, 3-day delivery from US to Singapore with the right temperature-controlled environment, the FedEx Custom Critical exclusive-use vehicles for pick-up and delivery, active monitoring in the FedEx Express network as well as a 24x7, 365-a day service availability.
One of the world's largest makers of laboratory equipment and instruments relies on FedEx to ship high-quality reagent chemicals across China domestically - medical cargo that must be kept at constant temperatures. All are journeys where regulation is high, the dollar value of the goods is high, and delivery reliability is vital. FedEx delivers an integrated transportation solution, including complete custodial control, healthcare control tower services, real-time inventory data and reporting through the FedEx Global Distribution System, a single point of contact for our customer's China business, and consulting for specialized shipments. In addition, we also align closely with our gateway operations to boost service delivery and speed through China's Inspection & Quarantine Bureau.