DHL — which has been operating in San Juan, Puerto Rico for close to 60 years — has expanded its current warehouse in the capital to six times its original size by opening four new temperature controlled chambers.

The 6,792-sq ft location now has three independently-operated cold chambers, with a combined capacity of 480 pallets. Each of the three chambers operates at 15 to 25° C and has 100 percent redundant refrigeration systems. The chambers also have a hot gas injection system to maintain required relative humidity levels during operation. Additionally, the company offers one chamber operating at 2 to 8°C, with a combined capacity of 90 pallets. The renovated cold chambers are part of the TSA’s Certified Cargo Screening Facilities (CCSF) program, which allows for on-site cargo screening and compliance auditing.

“Given its strategic location, Puerto Rico has been an important launch point for DHL to the Americas, Europe and Asia, and as one of the DHL certified life science stations, it provides services and coverage to more than 2,000 trade lane pairings in secure and compliant manner,” says David Bang, global head of DHL Temperature Management Solutions/CEO LifeConEx, DHL Global Forwarding.

In 2007, San Juan became a part of DHL’s Life Science Competency Center global network, comprised of more than 100 Centers worldwide. DHL has invested close to $1 million in the Puerto Rico market in 2016 alone.

In the second quarter of 2017, the DHL Global Forwarding San Juan facility will join the 30 DHL stations worldwide to be awarded the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) in Pharmaceutical Logistics certification. San Juan is already an accredited Qualified Envirotainer Partner (QEP), endorsing DHL Global Forwarding’s management of shipments moving in Envirotainer containers. It is also a part of DHL Global Forwarding’s Air Thermonet network, a global Good Distribution Practice (GDP) standard for time– and temperature-sensitive air freight shipments, providing seamless temperature visibility along the supply chain.

Publishing: April 2017

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