Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) is one of the first two cargo handling agents in the world to achieve the new IATA CEIV Fresh accreditation.

This is part of an Airport Authority of Hong Kong initiative to make the airport the world’s first CEIV Fresh hub. Hactl was presented with its certificate at IATA’s World Cargo Symposium in Singapore.

Hactl began preparations for IATA CEIV Fresh back in October 2018, with key staff undergoing training by IATA in November, and the company making a number of refinements to its terminal and processes. Assessment and validation were then carried out in December 2018 and January 2019 respectively.

Hactl created a new, fast-track “Fresh Lane” through its handling processes, designed to create an organised and structured journey through its facility, and so minimise the time taken to unload perishable cargo and either release it to customers, or place it in temperature-controlled storage. The Fresh Lane is modelled on Hactl’s highly-successful “Golden Route”, which was introduced for the expedited handling of pharmaceuticals in 2013, and won it the first WHO GDP and IATA CEIV Pharma accreditations in Hong Kong.

Hactl’s new perishables handling procedures are based around the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) concept, which identifies and deals with potential threats to perishables safety. The overriding (and laudable) aim of HACCP is that of minimising the amount of perishables cargo which becomes unfit for consumption during transit.