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Temperature-Controlled Ocean Freight by DHL Global Forwarding

Life Sciences & Healthcare Customers are facing unequal quality and process standards: while regulatory requirements for quality compliance throughout the supply chain are getting stricter, transportation from manufacturing location through to the end customer still lacks visibility and control. With DHL Ocean Thermonet, they get access to higher levels of quality – enabling to maintain product integrity with robust and compliant temperature control, along with adequate handling and storage.

The Key Features of DHL Ocean Thermonet

  • An expert network
    A network of Certified Life Sciences Stations compliant with DHL Thermonet’s GDP Guidelines. Trained specialists on GDP regulations, with periodic refreshes and audits
  • Visibility & monitoring with Ocean Thermonet Protect
    Container Security Devices enable near-real-time temperature, humidity, shock and light monitoring – 24/7, 365 days a year, worldwide. All shipments are monitored against the Customer’s specific Standard Operations Procedures (SOP).
  • Cold chain design & implementation
    DHL Global Forwarding can offer bespoke SOP design and implementation, including automated SOP change management and version control. Proactive contingency plan design is available as part of each customer’s SOP. Thermonet also features our latest Lane Risk Assessment method.

  • Quality & compliance
    DGF Quality Management System (QMS) and GDP guidelines, with an internal certification and audit process steered centrally to maintain global compliance. Life Sciences-specific supplier management program. 
  • IT Platform
    LifeTrack, our network-wide IT system, was designed specifically for Life Sciences Customers as a fully integrated cold chain data source for temperature and all logistics events. The data-driven analytics it delivers enable continuous shipping process improvement.

Case Study: Shipping Pharmaceuticals (+2 to +8°C) from Europe to U.S.

A DHL Customer was looking to ship antibiotics (up to 200 TEUs per year), mainly from Switzerland to the USA.

  • Their Challenges
    Our customer needed to reduce both transportation costs and their CO2 footprint. The products were to be kept in a temperature range between +2 and +8°C for the whole transport chain with active monitoring, due to their value and sensitivity.

  • DHL Global Forwarding’s solution: DHL Ocean Thermonet Protect
    iDGF helped their Customer through their modal shift from Air to Ocean Freight , supported with temperature mapping tests and offered a reliable intervention management in case of temperature deviation during transport. DGF also stuffed the valuable cargo into containers and applied thermal protection in GDP-compliant facilities in Switzerland.

  • Customer Benefits
    With 24/7 temperature monitoring, reliable data uploads and visibility notifications during transport, and a final temperature report, the quality of the transport could reliably be proven – while the end-to-end GDP handling of the cargo maintained its full integrity. The modal shift from Air to Ocean enabled to save costs by 30% and reduce 90% of CO2 emissions.

Here is what our Customer’s Logistics Efficiency Manager had to say: 

“Making use of DHL Ocean Thermonet Protect supports us in transferring cargo from Air to Ocean by not compromising on quality aspects and visibility.”

New for 2021: A Thermonet LCL Service for Pharma

Shipments that do not fill an entire ocean freight container can now benefit from the Ocean Thermonet handling excellence, starting with shipments out of Europe and India, two major production regions for pharmaceuticals:

  • Belgium (and connected countries) to the US (Atlanta and Washington), Mexico (Veracruz) and Panama (Colon)
  • Spain to Mexico (Veracruz)
  • India (Mumbai) to Koper connecting to Eastern Europe and Italy 

The first of the bi-weekly sailings started in June 2021. Other destinations including South Africa, Singapore or Australia will be considered for the future.

  • Temperature-controlled and GDP compliant consolidation service for +15/+25°C cargo (set point +20°C)
  • GxP-compliant Container Freight Station facilities
  • DHL Ocean Thermonet station network handling
  • Every consol is equipped with an active monitoring device and is monitored through our DHL Ocean Thermonet Protect service Using sustainable marine fuel (SMF) for all LCL shipments by applying the ‘one-atmosphere’ approach. For more information, read the Insetting Solutions: Switching To Sustainable Fuels To Reduce Co₂ Emissions article.

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