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We Care about Connecting, Caring, Complying, and Innovating

The life sciences and healthcare industry is experiencing an accelerated supply chain transformation; an increased need for efficiency, differentiated routes to market and access to new geographies; and is being challenged to enable digital supply chain solutions. 

DHL understands the undertake and is ready to help you navigate the challenges and opportunities of the healthcare landscape through a holistic range of patient-centric, forward-thinking, intelligent healthcare logistics solutions – we call it our DHL Healthcare System. Through it, we enable you to leverage our ability to connect, care, comply and innovate, accessing our unparalleled expertise within a compliant global network. We bring you a more connected experience along the entire patient journey - from clinical trials to point of care, and everything in between. 

We ensure your pharmaceutical, medical devices and clinical trials logistics and supply chains are treated with CARE as we understand what is at stake – a life that will be saved or improved. We do this because at DHL, WE CARE! 

Life Sciences & Healthcare Products & Solutions Transport

DHL has a wide range of transportation options for the specific needs of the life sciences and healthcare industry.

  • Offering 24/7/365 proactive shipment monitoring and intervention, this service delivers regulatory compliance with high visibility of the Customer’s product movement throughout the supply chain.

    Meeting global standards for temperature-controlled life sciences air freight shipments, the service is supported by our global Good Distribution Practice (GDP) compliant network of certified life sciences stations.

    Adhering to regulatory compliant customer procedures, this service is managed through the industry-dedicated IT system ‘LifeTrack’.

  • Designed for temperature-controlled ocean freight life science shipments that require real-time visibility and active monitoring.

  • Transportation of time and temperature sensitive investigational medicines, clinical supplies and support materials to clinics and hospitals, and the inbound return transportation of time or temperature sensitive specimens to laboratories and research organizations often related to a Clinical Trial.

Warehousing Solutions

Life-science-graded regional hubs to safely store products close but outside target markets.

Life-science-graded forward stocking/ free trade zone locations in selected markets.

A global network of facilities focused on Life Sciences and Healthcare, over 140 life-science-graded and GDP-certified facilities in 40 countries. 10+ GMP facilities world-wide providing value added services optimizing the flexibility and agility of your supply chain.

  • From storage of raw materials to consumables, spare parts and finished goods, DHL provides solutions that ensure that you can deliver on your customer promise. And whether efficiency is best served by sharing warehouse operations or creating a dedicated operation, we will provide the solution that drives the best value for your business.

Integrated Solutions

  • Transform your supply chain with help from DHL as your Lead Logistics Partner, leveraging our expertise in the following areas:

    • Design - Ensure that your transport and supply chain processes flow as efficiently as possible with DHL's expert knowledge and innovative analysis tools
    • Management Services - Source logistics providers, manage suppliers and handle your customer touch points with our management offering, which also provides for freight bill, audit and customs services
    • Operations - Gain visibility, synchronize transport and minimize daily operational risks with our unique Control Tower offering
    • Continuous Improvement - Drive end-to-end visibility with our "Total Logistics Cost Management" approach, which helps you minimize costs with an ongoing analysis of changing market requirements, volumes volatility and evolving supply chain management trends


    This premium management service caters for temperature-sensitive goods in pre-launch, launch and distribution stages. It provides post-shipment diagnostics, FMEA and auditing, cold chain optimization and data analysis services on all modes of transportation via the DHL and non-DHL network.

Sector Expertise


Increasing regulatory requirements – notably on temperature management/ cold chain, globalization, cost pressure and need to differentiate service levels are impacting the pharmaceutical supply chains in fulfillment, clinical trials and returns…

Specific challenges and priorities may differ between biopharmaceuticals, high value specialties, vaccines, biosimilars, small molecule innovative drugs, generics or over the counter (OTC) products.

The broad portfolio of DHL specific solutions provides a choice fitting your specific needs.

Medical Devices

Increasing complexity, globalization, cost pressure, regulatory/ trade requirements, need to differentiate service levels and last mile/ channel options are impacting the medical device and medtech supply chains in fulfillment and aftermarket/ returns…

Specific challenges and priorities may differ between orthopedics, cardiovascular implants, capital equipment and spare parts, diagnostics and consumables.

The broad portfolio of DHL specific solutions provides a choice fitting your specific needs.

Clinical Trials

Increasing need for flexibility and speed, regulatory requirements, cold chain, globalization and cost pressure are impacting the clinical trial supply chains…

Specific challenges and priorities may differ between inbound to investigator and outbound to lab, product/ placebo, ancillaries and documents as well as therapeutic area and clinical stage.

The broad portfolio of DHL specific solutions provides a choice fitting your specific needs.

Hospital & Health Services

The growth of private healthcare, in particular in emerging economies, and the increased pressure on health service expenditure have resulted in a greater focus on costs in delivering patient care. DHL can help improve the efficiencies and significantly impact the overall performance of a hospital or group. Additional services include procurement, inventory tracking and patient transport.

Life Sciences & Healthcare Insights

Keep abreast of the latest Life Sciences and Healthcare trends & innovations. 

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