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Panalpina with direct tarmac access at Amsterdam Schiphol airport

Jun 9, 2009

Panalpina has moved its offices and warehouse to a brand new location at Amsterdam Schiphol airport featuring over 12,000 square metres of space, making it the first ever logistics provider to have direct access to the tarmac. Using “Vrachtgebouw Nr. 18” (VR 18) will enable Panalpina to speed up its ground handling activities and improve the security of the supply chain, thus generating added value for customers.

CEO Monika Ribar was pleased to welcome customers, partners, employees and representatives of the press to this event, marking a major milestone both for Panalpina and Schiphol Airport. Prior to the official inauguration by J.A. Nijhuis, CEO of Schiphol Airport, she underlined the importance of the project as it allows Panalpina to add direct value to customers. “The realization of VR 18 is clear proof of Panalpina’s innovative spirit and forward-looking strategy”, she announced. “Once again, Panalpina has taken a pioneering role in the airfreight segment. By moving into this building we are the first and only freight forwarding company in Schiphol with direct access to the tarmac. This gives us a considerable competitive advantage. Our experience gained in locations such as Luxembourg and Huntsville/AL can be used to the full benefit of our customers. Thanks to the new facility and concept, we will be able to eliminate interfaces and carry out all handling activities under our own control, resulting in leaner processes and higher security. Both factors will strengthen our airfreight network on a global scale and thus improve service quality for our customers.”

Close cooperation

Charles van der Steene, Panalpina Managing Director of the Benelux area, was equally pleased and highlighted the close cooperation between the parties involved to make this happen. “I am proud to see that the development of the new site has brought various Schiphol parties together to discuss ideas and processes – resulting in a huge, brand new site and a concept which will benefit customers of Panalpina and Schiphol as well.” Enno Osinga, Schiphol Senior Vice President Cargo, explained that, for Schiphol, the opening of this building marks a very important step in the implementation of its airport cargo strategy. “It fits into the new cargo process design that has been developed by the airport, customs and the cargo industry collectively,” he said.

State-of-the-art technology

The new complex, situated in Schiphol South East adjacent to the tarmac, consists of 10,000m2 of warehouse space and 2,016m2 of office space. It is TAPA-A certified and GDP compliant (GDP = Good Distribution Practice). Unlike other providers, Panalpina is having the entire supply chain under its own control which will allow transit times to be reduced considerably while at the same time improving cargo security. The warehouse and territory are equipped with closed-circuit television and all Panalpina staff working on the premises have undergone HSE and security training.

About Panalpina

The Panalpina Group is one of the world's leading providers of supply chain solutions. The company combines its core products of Air Freight, Ocean Freight, and Logistics to deliver globally integrated, tailor-made end-to-end solutions. Drawing on in-depth industry know-how and customized IT systems, Panalpina manages the needs of its customers' supply chains, no matter how demanding they might be. Energy Solutions is a specialized service for the energy and capital projects sector. The Panalpina Group operates a global network with some 500 offices in more than 75 countries, and it works with partner companies in a further 90 countries. Panalpina employs 15,000 people worldwide who deliver a comprehensive service to the highest quality standards – wherever and whenever.