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Square Now Start Complicated Pharmaceutical Transportation with Samsung SDS (CEIV Pharma Certification)

Registration dateAPR 26, 2024

Hello, this is Cello Square, Samsung SDS’ Digital Forwarding Service. The international transportation of "pharmaceuticals" such as vaccines and biological products requires specialized transportation and management processes. This is because, unlike general cargo, pharmaceuticals are vulnerable to degradation at room temperature, requiring optimal temperature maintenance and have high complexity in handling the cargo. Since COVID-19, the rapid and safe distribution of medical supplies such as vaccines has become even more important, and the transportation of pharmaceuticals is garnering much attention from industry stakeholders. With over 10 years of know-how and expertise in air cargo transportation, Samsung SDS has been providing customized cold chain* services. Let’s take a look at the company’s technology for pharmaceutical transportation.
* Cold Chain: The process of transporting and storing temperature-sensitive products (pharmaceuticals, food, cosmetics, etc.) in distribution while maintaining their temperature.
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Samsung SDS’ Differentiated Pharmaceutical Transportation Technology For many years, Samsung SDS has been operating bio-pharmaceutical logistics system based on the Cello system across its global sites. By leveraging its IoT-based transportation management system, Samsung SDS provides various information in real-time such as temperature and humidity, vehicle location and movement route, and container/vehicle opening and closing throughout the entire transportation process, from loading to delivery. In addition, the driver's mobile device and Cello Mobile TMS are used to immediately recognize and prevent situations that could damage the product during transportation or suspected theft. In recognition of these outstanding logistics operation systems and technologies, Samsung SDS was awarded the Certification for Air Transportation of Pharmaceuticals (CEIV Pharma) by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in January 2024.
Samsung SDS Logistics Business Division Leader(EVP) Kooil O (left) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) IATA Country Manager Korea, Baekjae Kim (right) (Samsung SDS Logistics Business Division Leader(EVP) Kooil O (left) and International Air Transport Association (IATA) IATA Country Manager Korea, Baekjae Kim (right))
What is IATA’s CEIV Pharma* Certification? The CEIV Pharma Certification issued by the IATA is a global standard certification granted to companies that have satisfied around 280 strict criteria related to pharmaceutical transportation processes, including meticulous temperature control; operation of specialized management personnel; quality control systems; and compliance with international regulations. With the acquisition of the CEIV Pharma Certification, Samsung SDS assures that the products of pharmaceutical companies will be handled with the utmost care and processed in accordance with the highest industry standards.
*CEIV Pharma : Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics

Learn more about CEIV Pharma
(Left) IATA CEIV Pharma Certification Mark (Right) Letter of Certification ((Left) IATA CEIV Pharma Certification Mark (Right) Letter of Certification)
Interview Professional Sungjin Byun (Logistics New Business Group, Samsung SDS)
Professional Sungjin Byun (Logistics New Business Group, Samsung SDS)
"In order to obtain CEIV Pharma certification, Samsung SDS has been organizing specialized personnel and making thorough preparations since March last year, and after passing the rigorous evaluation by the IATA's expert committee, we received the final approval. As we acquired the CEIV Lithium Battery certification last year and the CEIV Pharma certification this year, our transportation capabilities for stable operation of products were recognized globally. Based on this expertise, we will continue to enhance our competitiveness in logistics operations and provide differentiated logistics services to our customers."
Logistics New Business Group TF Professionals, Jiyoung Lim, Jaeyong Ahn, Sunbok Lee, and Sungjin Byun (Logistics New Business Group TF Professionals, Jiyoung Lim, Jaeyong Ahn, Sunbok Lee, and Sungjin Byun)
Meanwhile, Samsung SDS has been providing customized cold chain services for global customers in 36 countries around the world for the past 10 years based on its know-how and expertise in air cargo transportation. Along with the CEIV Lithium Battery certification obtained last year, Samsung SDS will deploy detailed air transportation procedures and standards for pharmaceuticals through its digital logistics service “Cello Square” and commercialize the service to continuously expand the scope of its logistics business.

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