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Page 26 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • APRIL-MAY 2015 PACTL registers strong first quarter results SHANGHAI Pudong Int’l Airport Cargo Terminal (PACTL) China has continued its growth path after recording the strongest annual results in the company’s history. It achieved tonnage growth of 12.73 per cent year-on-year and handled 362,497 tonnes during the first three months of 2015; this result, the best in any first quarter, was particularly driven by an increase in import business. PACTL’s import cargo volumes in- creased by 15.97 per cent year-on-year to a total of 155,060 tonnes during the first three months. Interna- tional imports rose by 16.56 per cent, while domestic imports increased by 9.1 per cent. The company’s export cargo volumes grew by 10.43 per cent to a figure of 207,437 tonnes. International exports showed a growth rate of 10.81 per cent, while domestic exports increased by 4.89 percent. “Our export business continues to develop strongly,” said Lutz Grzegorz, vice president of PACTL. “However, within the first quarter of 2015 we particularly registered an increase in our import business, especially in the international sector. This once again shows that imports and exports are developing in a more balanced way.” Meanwhile PACTL is in the final stag- es of building a new perishables centre. The state-of-the-art facility will enable the company to provide the whole range of temperature conditions needed for handling perishables and pharmaceuticals. It is due to go into operation in July once it has gained IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Inde- pendent Validators (CEIV) Certification for Pharmaceutical Logistics. Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) is one of the top 10 destinations for nearly all PACTL’s airline customers. “As most of our airline clients are offering and further developing sophisticated perishable and pharmaceutical services, we ex- pect the recent growth in our perish- able and pharmaceutical business to continue,” said Grzegorz. The new perishable centre will cover a total area measuring more than 3,500 square metres and the company will have the option of extending the facility by an additional 550 square metres of storage space. It will meet all the necessary temperature require- ments to support continuous cool chains and feature a deep freeze area (-18 degrees Celsius), several cool storage facilities (+4 to +8 degrees Celsius) and an ambient temperature storage zone (+15 to +25 degrees Celsius). It provides an acceptance area with separate x-ray machines and a build-up zone, a 1,500 square metre handling area for quick break-downs and a specially designated delivery sector. China Railway and Kerry ink co-operation deal CHINA Railway Import and Export Company and Kerry Logistics (China) In- vestment, a subsidiary of Kerry Logistics Network, have confirmed a new strate- gic co-operation agreement. The agreement will leverage China Railway’s extensive railway network and experience in undertaking key domestic and international projects, and effective- ly integrate Kerry Logistics’ network in Southeast Asia. The co-operation deal follows the national “Going Out” development strat- egy where China’s large-scale enterpris- es take advantage of the new growth opportunities brought on by the “One Belt One Road” initiative. General manager of China Railway Huo Hongguang and president of Kerry Logistics (China) Edwardo Erni share the view that the move is an important measure taken under the new nation- al strategy for both companies to strengthen their capabilities.