Lufthansa Cargo certifies Toronto station for its Cool Time Definite product

by Canadian Shipper

MISSISSAUGA, Ont.–Lufthansa Cargo officially celebrated the certification of its Toronto (YYZ) Cool TD (time-definite) station today.

Lufthansa is the launch customer for handling agent GTA World Cargo and the event was held  at GTA World Cargo’s Cargo West – Infield Cargo 2 Facility at Pearson International Airport.

“I appreciate this award and this certification from Lufthansa Cargo. We are honoured to have Lufthansa Cargo as our launch customer,” said Gary Ogden, Vice President, GTA World Cargo.

Jörg Bodenröder, Director of Lufthansa’s Cool Competence Centre in Frankfurt, said the Toronto station “joins the outstanding crew” of certified Lufthansa Cargo Cool Stations worldwide. Toronto’s training and audits were already fulfilled by this September, he noted.

Bodenröder commented that the Cool TD service is a timely response to the growth of pharma products worldwide, which have proved more resilient against negative economic trends and volatility in airfreight.

He said Lufthansa Cargo has a strong network available to its customers whose priorities are the proper management of the cool chain.

“We at Lufthansa Cargo have accepted the challenge and the commitment to cool chain logistics by implementing stations such as Toronto. I think we have found a way to promote the most important requirements,” Bodenröder said.

Following the certification to the Toronto station this year, Lufthansa Cargo will follow up next year with a quality audit, he added.

Mathias Csaszar, Senior Product and Solutions Manager, Lufthansa Cargo, said that airfreight is a volatile commodity but that the company estimates 4% annual growth.

“We are sure it will remain volatile but the pharma segment shows steady growth.”

Lufthansa Cargo is represented in over 90 countries with a main hub in Frankfurt for temperature controlled shipments. The airline maintains a cargo fleet of 18 MD11s and 5 777s, as well as 400 passenger aircraft carrying belly cargo. Freight distribution is about 50% freighter traffic, and 50% passenger aircraft.

Lufthansa Cargo also owns a refrigerated container fleet, and maintains a close relationship with Envirotainer.

In 2013 the company handled 60,000 shipments, 90% of which were passive. Lufthansa Cargo offers Cool TD active, Cool TD passive and Cool TD and dangerous goods shipments.

Some 99.88% of Cool TD shipments are transported without incident, Csaszar said.

Toronto is the 6th Lufthansa Cargo station certified around the world.

“Why certify? Toronto has strict local health requirements, is the 5th most important station in our network, has a highly professional staff, and state of the art infrastructure. Most of the requirements were already in place,” Csaszar said.

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