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Ethiopian Receives IATA’s Certificate of Excellence in Logistics (CEIV Pharma)


Ethiopian Airlines has become the first airline in Africa to receive IATA’s Center of Excellence for Independent Validators in Pharmaceutical Logistics (CEIV Pharma) certification as an airline and ground handling in December 2021.


Ethiopian Airlines is the first airline in Africa to receive the CEIV pharma certification.


Achieving this great milestone will further improve the airline's goal in providing efficient & effective transportation of pharmaceuticals throughout our pharma network including Brussels, Shanghai, Johannesburg, Paris, Seoul, Lagos, Lusaka, Beijing, Hong Kong, Maastricht, Chicago & Addis Ababa.


Ethiopian, in recent years, has invested heavily in infrastructure, equipment, people, system and processes to enhance its pharmaceutical core handling capabilities throughout its pharma network.


Cold storage areas in these freight facilities are dedicated for the handling of pharmaceuticals & healthcare products and armed with a dedicated climate control ranging between -30°C to +25°C.


These facilities are monitored through

a smart web-based system that allows real-time management of all zones with a capability to trigger SMS, Phone Call & email in case of an emergency.


The strategic and geographical location of Addis Ababa, makes it highly preferable for the transportation of highly temperature-sensitive products with year-round natural temperature stability between +15°C to +25°C to minimize potential temperature deviation through the value chain.


In addition, Ethiopian has also deployed smart cool dollies to ensure smooth transportation of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products from the warehouse to the aircraft & vice versa with a capability to maintain an internal temperature between -29°C to +27°C.

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