Innovations in the offer of air transport logistics for the food industry

5 February 2018

At present, Poland holds the rank of European Union’s 8th greatest exporter of agricultural and food products (risen from the 11th place it held in 2004). According to our Central Statistical Office (GUS), in all of 2016 Poland exported 24.2 billion Euros worth of food products, topping the worth of imported food products by 7.1 billion Euro. The share of agricultural products in Polish export has been increasing for years, which proves Poland’s comparative advantage as a producer of food.
In addition, Poland has achieved many successes in this field on the international stage. Recent years have seen it become one of the leading global exporters of poultry, mushrooms, apples and blueberries. Export of beef and dairy products is also experiencing a dynamic development. Exporters of fresh, processed and frozen goods mostly chose air transport, since it is fast and allows them to deliver their products to distant places, such as Japan, South Africa, South Korea, and China. More and more direct flights are arranged between Poland and cities such as Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Toronto, New York, Los Angeles and Singapore (scheduled for May 2018), contributing to Poland’s competitiveness and speed advantage over other European countries. There are two kinds of air transport services in terms of temperature: active and passive.
The active service employs more specialised equipment, such as active containers. They maintain the same temperature throughout the whole flight. This solution, however, is expensive, and may not be viable for certain products. There are several types of temperature controlled containers - they can be cooling only, but also heat and cooling. Differences include the type of coolant, power source, and temperature range maintained during transport.
The passive service constitutes an alternative solution, allowing for cost reduction, but increasing the risk of temperature deviation, which may be harmful to the transported goods, especially the temperature-sensitive ones. It mostly relies on temperature control services provided by the airlines, as well as warehouses located in appropriate temperature zones within airports, excluding handling procedures such as loading and unloading of the cargo. This is when temperature deviations are most common, especially in countries where extreme temperatures may occur. In order to reduce the risk, one may apply thermal packaging, such as thermal blankets or refrigerated packaging with gel packs, which will protect the goods from temperature deviations outside the temperature zone for several hours.

2018-02-05-unilogistics1.jpg

Temperature chain linked to safety chain
Every piece of cargo to be shipped by air is inspected before loading. This is done for safety reasons. Safety inspections are lengthy, and take place outside the temperature zone, exposing the products to damages resulting from temperature deviations. This problem may be remedied if the sender becomes a Known Consignor. A company that practices strict, precisely defined safety regulations, may be awarded the Known Consignor status and have its goods excused from the airports’ safety control. In this scenario, the goods are moved to appropriate temperature zones right after having been delivered to the airport, and stay there until loading. Several companies, whose products require temperature-controlled transportation, have successfully adapted this procedure.

Temperature monitoring
      Temperature monitoring is an extremely important part of temperature controlled transport, as are temperature reports generated to describe temperature throughout the entire journey. Temperature and humidity may even be monitored online, in which case the measuring device will also indicate the cargo’s geographical location. Once the products have reached their destination, a temperature report will be sent automatically by e-mail. Devices are the size of credit cards, come with certificates, and are approved of by the airlines. This solution is inventive, as it involves innovative means of control (measuring devices are activated with a smartphone, through an Android application), and its costs are low. Companies can thus be sure their products will be delivered as was ordered.
     
Marcin Kowalczyk, Business Development Manager Air Freight for Uni-logistics Sp. z o.o. in Gdynia

Read more:

International Congress & Exhibition Successfully Concluded in Weihai, Shandong

3 July 2018
The 2nd INTERPOMA CHINA International Congress & Exhibition was successfully held from June 28-29, 2018 in Weihai, Shandong Province. During the two trade show days, 1000 professionals, including researchers, experts and renowned companies, visited Interpoma China, and 650 delegates participated in the Congress, which featured a series of speakers from China and overseas on the topics of apple cultivation, storage and marketing. Two tours have been organized to showcase the fast development of modern orchards in Weihai with the support of the local government authorities. »

INTERPOMA CHINA 2018

29 June 2018
INTERPOMA CHINA 2018 International Congress & Exhibition unveiled on June 28, 2018 at Weihai International Exhibition & Conference Center in Shandong Province, is the second edition of the show after its debut in China one year ago. With the support from the parent Italian Interpoma Trade Show, this exhibition focuses on the cultivation, storage, and market of the apple industry. “China and the apple in the world”, the international congress of Interpoma China, is also held concurrently and includes several keynote speeches and technical seminars - delivering professional and technical apple industry information and promoting the modernization of apple growing in China. »

A focus on organic apple growing at the Interpoma Congress

28 June 2018
The first part of the second day of the traditional “The Apple in the World” congress, held at Interpoma on 15 and 16 November, will be devoted to the future of organic production. Fritz Prem from the Europäische Bioobst Forum offers us an interesting preview. “Sustainability in Apple Production: Organic and Integrated Production” is the title of the morning session of “The Apple in the World” on November 16. This biennial international congress is held during Interpoma, the only international event devoted solely to apples, which will be taking place at Fiera Bolzano from November 15‒17 this year. »
PARTNERS