Four HK companies are the first to be awarded IATA Fresh certification
THE Airport Authority Hong Kong (HK), Cathay Pacific, Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) have become the first organisations to have passed IATA's CEIV Fresh certfication programme for the handling of perishable cargo
THE Airport Authority Hong Kong (HK), Cathay Pacific, Cathay Pacific Services Limited (CPSL) and Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (HACTL) have become the first organisations to have passed IATA's CEIV Fresh certfication programme for the handling of perishable cargo.
The awards were presented to the companies at the IATA World Cargo Symposium held in Singapore. The Hong Kong companies were the first organisations to pilot the CEIV Fresh programme taking a community approach to certification.
The CEIV Fresh programme is primarily based on the IATA Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR) which combines professional regulatory and operational input from industry and government experts, reports London's Air Cargo News.
'Perishable goods is a growing market for air cargo. Ensuring that these delicate and short shelf-life products reach the customer unspoiled with minimal waste and loss is essential. Shippers will have assurance that CEIV Fresh certified companies are operating to the highest quality and standards in the transport of perishable products,' said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA's director general and chief executive.
IATA head of cargo Glynn Hughes added that around 25 per cent of perishables are written off as they are transported along the supply chain.
Mr Hughes said: 'We took a community approach to developing CEIV Fresh recognising that the successful shipment requires the alignment of many stakeholders.
'Shippers can have peace of mind knowing that every entity handling their goods is operating to the same standards. Understanding the value of this to the success of its customers, the Airport Authority Hong Kong pioneered the world's first CEIV Fresh certified airport community.'
Fred Lam, chief executive, Airport Authority Hong Kong, said: 'We are delighted to be the first airport community worldwide recognised by IATA under the CEIV Fresh programme, which is a big encouragement to and affirmation of the capability of the Hong Kong airport community in handling perishable products.
'HKIA is the world's busiest cargo airport since 2010. With the new certification, HKIA is well-placed to capture the increasing growth opportunities in the market for fresh and perishable goods.'
Cathay Pacific director Commercial and Cargo Ronald Lam said: 'A collaborative approach among all stakeholders enables the airfreight community to provide meticulous care for fresh produce during transit. It will not only provide superior value to our customers but also contribute to the success of Hong Kong as a key international airfreight hub for perishables.'