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Key Considerations To Note For A Seamless Shipment Journey

May 10, 2022, Author: admin

Whether you are transporting life sciences logistics like vaccines or conducting clinical trials, on-time delivery will be one of the top priorities for consideration when it comes to logistics. It also serves as the foundation of reliable temperature-controlled supply chains.

Experts project that the expenditures of the global biopharmaceutical industry on cold chain logistics  will reach around USD$19 billion. This prediction was made prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and it reveals just how inextricable our interdependence is and how agile we must be in our response to unforeseen situations.

For many organisations, it is imperative to fully understand the risks, needs, and processes involved in decision-making regarding temperature-controlled supply chains.

Understanding the appropriate requirements

The first step towards making the right transport decisions begins with understanding the proper requirements needed for shipping. We have listed the key steps that our team take to achieve this;

1. Documentation review 

Clearance delays occur when shipments or packages to be delivered internationally across borders get held up at customs and it is something no organisation can afford, especially when it comes to temperature-controlled materials. One way to significantly minimise the potential of clearance delays is by performing a documentation review prior to shipment, ensuring the information on the shipping document and the cargo are consistent and error-free.

2. Effective packaging choice 

There exist many sophisticated packaging choices, including both active and passive temperature control systems, all with varying complexities. Active containers include those from Envirotainers and C-Safe, while passive containers are vacuum-insulated storage boxes and dry ice thermal boxes, just to name a few.

Whatever solution chosen for temperature-controlled transport, whether active or passive systems, it is essential to be prepared for unexpected situations. An infinite number of unforeseen events might occur and have a detrimental impact on the functionality and quality of the product, such as customs clearance delays. There is no one solution that does not require a process or can account for all unanticipated factors. To know which is the most effective packaging choice for your materials, it would be best to consult a reputable provider of temperature-controlled logistics for their expert advice.

3. Monitoring shipment status

Apart from ensuring proper temperature control, successful shipment delivery also includes proactive tracking and monitoring of the shipment status. The logistic partner needs constant eyes on the shipment ensuring correct temperature storage at destination and conducting replenishing, if necessary, especially when customs clearance delays are encountered.

Overview of transport handling:

Overview of transport handling


According to the International Air Transport Association, a substantial percentage of temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals were damaged during transport. The increasing number of temperature-sensitive and specialised goods will exacerbate the issue of scrapped pharmaceuticals. To ensure a smooth shipment process, the points mentioned above are crucial to recognise and employ when transporting life sciences, temperature-controlled shipments. Collaboration and communication are vital among the stakeholders.

At Global Cold Chain Solutions, we take great pride in ensuring our clients experience dependable and reliable temperature control logistics. Contact us today to get started on your shipment journey and learn more about our cold chain solutions!