Amid COVID-19 capacity crisis, AIT guarantees affordable air freight for pharmaceutical manufacturer

Published on: Oct 15, 2020


One of the world’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers turned to AIT Worldwide Logistics for a dependable U.S. air import solution when their incumbent—a top 10 global forwarder—struggled with the COVID-19-induced air freight capacity crunch.

“[AIT Worldwide Logistics] just does it so much better than the big multinationals.” – Pharmaceutical manufacturer

CHALLENGE: Sky-high air freight rates, dwindling capacity

In the first and second quarters of 2020, the client needed to plan for the import of several thousand pallets of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical cargo from Ireland to the United States ASAP. However, their incumbent forwarder was unable to provide consistent, cost-effective air freight pricing.

SOLUTION: Pre-arranged, 30-day fixed air cost

AIT’s seasoned Life Sciences and procurement experts proposed a block space agreement with an airline that would not only provide a fixed rate on air freight for 30 days, but also guarantee capacity for the client in an extremely constricted market. And AIT supported this lift with full aircraft charters.

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RESULT: Consistent, reliable temperature-controlled delivery

In addition to overseeing the shipment of more than 3,000 pallets across 20 months—with zero temperature excursions—AIT also assumed responsibility for cargo shipments out of an additional location previously managed by the incumbent. Most importantly, amid a global economic crisis brought on by the pandemic, AIT delivered dedicated lift and 30 days of predictable rates the client could rely on for sound financial decision making.

Quality life sciences logistics from the cold chain experts.


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