DHL Adds China to the DHL Thermonet Network

– DHL Global Forwarding extends service quality for Life Sciences and Healthcare customers in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen

– The new Certified Life Sciences Stations provide more than 6,200 square meters of -20 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius cold storage space as well as local expertise to ensure compliant handling of life sciences products

SHANGHAI and HONG KONG, Sept. 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — DHL Global Forwarding, the air and ocean freight specialist within Deutsche Post DHL, expands its service offerings for the Life Sciences and Healthcare industry in China and added Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen to the company’s worldwide DHL Thermonet network of Certified Life Sciences Stations as of 1 July 2014. The 2,000-square meter facilities in Shanghai and Beijing are owned by DHL Global Forwarding while the airport facilities are located in Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen with specific operational arrangements. All the facilities in China are in close proximity to airports and together, they offer more than 6,200 square meters of -15 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius cold storage space to serve DHL’s global customer base in the Life Sciences & Healthcare sector with temperature-controlled airfreight shipment needs.

"Our customers in the Life Sciences and Healthcare sector are looking for better ways to manage the risk of product damage and loss from temperature deviations in their supply chain. DHL Thermonet tackles these requirements and offers China consignors and consignees access to a reliable end-to-end cold chain," says Steve Huang, CEO, DHL Global Forwarding China.

DHL is constantly expanding its DHL Thermonet network of Certified Life Sciences Stations and plans to reach 65 by end of 2014 and 80 by end of 2015. The DHL facilities in Shanghai and Beijing are audited against globally defined Good Distribution Practices (GDP) to ensure conformity across the network. All the facilities in China offer customers temperature monitoring, refrigerated truck delivery and pick-up, active container handling and passive packaging handling to ensure product quality at all times. The facilities in China also offer different temperature warning systems from visual and audible alarms to multiple warning alerts via text messages and emails if temperature is exceeded. Backup power in the case of power outage as well as onsite security and CCTV footage are additional available features. The life sciences commodities which are expected to transit through these cold room facilities include pharmaceutical products, reagents, API active ingredients and vaccines. Within Q4 of 2014, DHL plans to further expand the station’s capabilities in Shanghai with additional 1,609 square meters of -15 degrees Celsius to +25 degrees Celsius cold storage space.

In recent years, temperature controlled products for the pharmaceutical industry have gained significantly in importance. The driving force is biotechnology products, which generally must be kept within a strict temperature range during transportation. The worldwide sales volume of this product category tripled from USD 56 bn in 2004 to an estimated USD 167 bn in 2013.[1] For the future, further growth is expected.

DHL Thermonet provides seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain, 24/7 proactive monitoring and intervention based on pre-determined touch points and DHL’s RFID SmartSensor technology, that is also GDP certified. Temperature data and logistics events can be accessed via the proprietary LifeTrack IT platform that also houses all product-specific SOPs, facilitating early intervention and simplifying document control.

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DHL is the global market leader in the logistics and CEP industry and "The logistics company for the world". DHL commits its expertise in international express, national and international parcel delivery, air and ocean freight, road and rail transportation as well as contract and e-commerce related solutions along the entire supply chain. A global network composed of more than 220 countries and territories and around 315,000 employees worldwide offers customers superior service quality and local knowledge to satisfy their supply chain requirements. DHL accepts its social responsibility by supporting environmental protection, disaster management and education.

DHL is part of Deutsche Post DHL. The Group generated revenue of more than 55 billion euros in 2013.

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[1] Source: EvaluatePharma World Preview 2013

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