Freight Forwarding company Cargo-partner has launched a new GDP-compliant Competence Center for Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare in Mumbai, India.

To ensure fast and reliable service for urgent pharmaceutical and healthcare transports, the company recently introduced a 24/7 service desk which promises a response within 29 minutes as well as a full quotation within two hours.

Cargo-partner has been operating in India since 2007 and currently has 11 offices with 135 employees across the country.

Rajiv Singh, Managing Director of Cargo-partner in India, explains the strategic setup of the new competence center: “With our new Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Competence Center in Mumbai, we can ensure full GDP compliance, end-to-end product integrity and professional handling at every step. We have put together a dedicated team of well-trained staff from our air, sea, road transport and quality management departments who can support our customers with in-depth industry expertise. Our processes are based on many years of experience, making use of detailed risk and deviation management procedures to achieve maximum security and efficiency.”

“Our processes are based on many years of experience, making use of detailed risk and deviation management procedures to achieve maximum security and efficiency.”

~Rajiv Singh, Managing Director of Cargo-partner in India

In addition to the competence centre in Mumbai, the company has Pharmaceuticals & Healthcare Competence Centers in Vienna and Hamburg as well. The centre at Vienna,Austria is focused on airfreight,while the one at Hamburg is a sea-freight focused centre.

The Vienna facility at Vienna Airport, Austria provides a 200 m² handling area for reloading, cross-docking as well as ULD buildup and breakdown at a constant temperature of +2 to +8 °C, and time sensitive shipments are processed by their own screening machine.

The facility at Austria is ISO 9001:2015 Pharma certified, accredited as a Qualified Envirotainer Provider (QEP) and operates in accordance with GDP standards for pharmaceuticals logistics.

In Hamburg, Cargo-partner is certified for GDP compliance and has recently obtained the IFS certification for foodstuffs logistics for its 4,900 m² warehouse located 20 km south of Hamburg.

Glenmark Pharmaceuticals,a leading pharmaceutical supplier, is one the first customers at the new competence center.

“We chose to work with cargo-partner as they represent professionalism, not only in India, but also in our destination countries, and we have grown to trust them as a highly reliable service partner who always keep their commitments.”

~Rajasekhara Reddy, Vice President Global Demand Planning and Logistic Head, Glenmark

“The launch of the cargo-partner Competence Center in Mumbai will strengthen our relationship on a broader scale and serve to further secure our supply chain and product integrity”, Mr Reddy added.

Over the past decade, India has become one of the world’s dominant players in the pharmaceuticals and healthcare sector. According to the Indian Brand Equity Foundation, India supplies over 50 percent of global demand for various vaccines, 40 percent of generics demand in the US and 25 percent of all medicine in the UK. Indian drugs are exported to more than 200 countries in the world, with the US as the key market.