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Rome Fiumicino (FCO) has become the first airport in Italy to earn IATA CEIV Pharma certification.

It obtained the certification in a community approach together with its air cargo supply chain partners.

IATA CEIV pharma certification is industry recognition in support of the air transport industry complying with pharmaceutical manufacturers’ shipping requirements.

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The certification ensures that the FCO airport community meets the highest global standard for transporting pharmaceutical products by air, complying with existing national and international regulations. 

It helps to build the air cargo connectivity of the Rome Metro Region with the rest of the world.

Cargo business at Fiumicino airport closed out 2018 with a growth of 11% compared to 2017, brushing the milestone of 200,000 tonnes handled. 

A significant portion of this cargo traffic includes precisely pharmaceutical products, a leading sector in terms of the value of the cargo imported/exported through the airport, which travel primarily from and to North America, but also the far East and South America.

Aeroporti di Roma (ADR) chief comercial officer, Fausto Palombelli, says: “The Lazio pharmaceutical district, the second largest in Italy and one of the major European production hubs, is growing constantly. 

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“The development of Fiumicino as a cargo traffic hub is therefore a driving force for the economy of the territory and the entire country system.

“This certification is a testament to the commitment and the proactive role of ADR in the economic development of the supply chain.”

IATA’s regional director for Europe for airport, passenger, cargo and security, notes: “The European freight market is one of the largest in the world, accounting for close to a quarter of total global trade. 

“Having Rome Fiumicino Airport, one of the region’s major pharma hubs, achieve CEIV Pharma Certification is a significant boost for meeting shippers’ expectations in terms of standardization and transparency across the supply chain in the region.”

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