Qatar Airways Cargo, along with Doha-based ground handling partner Qatar Aviation Services (QAS) Cargo, have now completed the suite of IATA CEIV certifications with the addition of the IATA Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators in Perishable Logistics (CEIV Fresh) certification.
The CEIV Fresh certification demonstrates Qatar Airways Cargo’s sustained commitment to the highest standards when handling and transporting perishable goods.
The standard encompasses the entire supply chain, including both operational and technical aspects, ensuring that perishable goods maintain their freshness, quality, and integrity throughout the transportation process.
By obtaining this accreditation, the airline and its ground handler, QAS Cargo, have proven their ability to meet the stringent requirements for the transportation of all kinds of fresh produce and perishables such as fruits, vegetables, seafood, meat and flowers.
With the latest certification, the cargo carrier becomes the first and only airline worldwide with its ground handler to have attained the complete suite of IATA CEIV certifications, namely, CEIV Fresh, CEIV Lithium Batteries, CEIV Live Animals, CEIV Pharma, IEnvA registered and United for Wildlife programme.
“Qatar Airways Cargo and QAS Cargo’s achievement of the IATA CEIV Fresh certification reflects our pursuit for excellence and our unwavering commitment to our customers, keeping them always at the heart of everything we do,” said Guillaume Halleux, Chief Officer Cargo at Qatar Airways.
“Being the first and only airline worldwide along with our GHA to achieve the complete suite of IATA CEIV certifications is a testament to our dedication and hard work to delivering the highest standards of quality and reliability in air cargo transportation.”
Between 1 April 2022 and 31 March 2023, Qatar Airways Cargo transported more than 285,000 tonnes of perishables. The cargo carrier is an elected member of IATA’s Perishable Cargo Working Group and the Live Animals and Perishables Board. It is also a member of Pharma.aero and a board member of the Cool Chain Association since 2021, making significant contributions to improve the temperature-sensitive supply chain whilst reducing food loss and waste in the perishables sector.