Best-practices for your Asia Pacific Cold Chain
Pharma logistics faces diverse market conditions and requirements in the APAC region:
- Extreme weather conditions that range from tropical to continental climate
- Mature markets like Australia, Japan, Singapore and South Korea require a highly efficient logistics setup
- Developing markets require a resilient container solution to tackle uncertain infrastructure capacities and extended transit times
To sum it up, transporting temperature-sensitive pharmaceuticals to the APAC region can be a challenge. Here are our solutions for your cold chain:
Imagine a pharma container that works in any environmental condition and can recharge at any airport without depending on electricity. This is exactly what SkyCell created. All you have to do is to place our hybrid container in a cooling chamber and it will recharge automatically without opening it. Our clients consider this feature especially useful when the container stays longer at the airport as expected. Another reason why more and more clients have switched to SkyCell’s hybrid container is the protection against humidity.
The patented double-door system allows a maximum humidity control while keeping the medication cool.
The container is only as good as the software that drives it. SkyCell’s IoT (Internet of Things) enabled containers ensure the visibility and the control over your temperature data. This is particular important in situations where pharmaceuticals are most at risk like extended transit times or customs inspection. However, we believe that the true value of data lies in forecasting scenarios and mitigating risks. By collecting nearly a billion real-life data points, SkyCell build a data set to simulate and assess the risk of any given lane. In this way, risks can be identified at an early stage and lane validation can be accelerated.
In the last year, we have expanded our service center network with new facilities in Seoul, Shanghai, Osaka, Tokyo, Singapore and Melbourne.
SkyCell’s service covers all pharma destinations in the APAC region to offer our clients flexibility and a high market coverage. We support you with door-to-door deliveries including non-bonded warehouses (e.g. in China).
Would you like to learn more? Get in touch with our cold chain experts.
Shipment of the Month: From Singapore to Belgium
SkyCell 1500C containers have been deployed to ship high-valued APIs from Singapore to Brussels
- Month: October
- Route: Singapore via Dubai to Brussels
- Temperature range: +2° to +8°
- Value: $1.2 million per pallet
The SkyCell containers have been delivered preconditioned and ready to use to the client’s plant in Singapore. After loading the APIs, the containers have been transported to Changi Airport. For both ways, a non-temperature-controlled truck could be used, which can be seen in the first three ambient temperature peaks on day one. After a 7.5 hours flight to Dubai, the containers have been stored in a cooling chamber until its take off to Brussels. From there, the goods have been trucked to the client’s production site.
Take a look at the SkyCell Temperature Tracking System: the temperature inside the container stays at a constant 5 degrees (blue line) meanwhile the ambient temperature (red line ) varies between +4° to +30° Celsius.
- Considerable cost savings through transport with non-refrigerated vehicle in Singapore
- 12’950 kg CO2 savings per US Pal (1.44m3)
To help grasp how much 12’900 kg of CO2 are: it is equivalent to the emissions of one car driving 86’333 km, twice around the globe.