The Puerto Rico Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DDEC) is sponsoring eight local logistics companies in obtaining International Air Transport Association (IATA) CEIV certification.
The Puerto Rico Life Sciences Air Cargo Community said certification would be an important opportunity for San Juan Airport to be recognized globally for quality in handling both raw materials and finished products, as well as improvement of services, employee development, and the development of internal and external communication.
The Community, launched in April 2023, Now has over 40 members, including pharmaceutical and medical manufacturers, forwarders, airports, airlines, Customs.
Meanwhile, Copa Airlines Cargo is now offering direct flights connecting San Juan to Panama with a Boeing 737-800 Converted Freighter (BCF) It operates to Las Américas International Airport in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and then on to Tocumen International Airport in Panama City.
The community has also launched a data dashboard, developed by Rotate, which provides a comprehensive picture of the local air cargo market. Analysis includes international air cargo imports and exports, as well as air trade demand between PR and the US, and air cargo and mail traffic by airline.
Community Board member David Olan, said: “We will use this tool to manage risk, present information to our corporate offices, and drive quality in our Puerto Rico Life Sciences Hub.”