Panalpina and Schiphol Airport Welcome Royalty (1)

Panalpina and Schiphol Airport Welcome Royalty

The King of Jordan, His Majesty King Abdullah II and a delegation of Jordanian officials recently visited the Joint Inspection Center of Schiphol SmartGate at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

The Joint Inspection Center was devised and created to ensure safer and more efficient freight handling by allowing different inspection authorities and law enforcement to undertake checks in close cooperation with business partners.

Panalpina managing director for the Netherlands, Rob de Vos said, “The event had the aim to assess the import processes of perishables and their effectiveness as part of a public-private cooperation; essentially, how these processes can have a positive impact on the speed of handling cargo by private entities without compromising security.”

The delegation was given a full demonstration of the inspection journey of a package arriving at Schiphol SmartGate Cargo and the processes undertaken at the Center. The second part of the event was under the guidance of Panalpina with checks being made by the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority.

The logistics company was asked to relocate some perishables that were in transit to the Joint Inspection Center to highlight the cooperation model and demonstrate that less control by public authorities does not compromise security and will result in an increase in overall efficiency.

With this new increase in efficiency, perishables that arrive by plane at Panalpina’s hub at the airport are delivered to their destination in the Netherlands within approximately two hours.

Lodewijk van de Vosse from the Panalpina Perishables Network said, “Very stringent requirements need to be fulfilled to be part of these processes. We are proud to work together with our partners at Schiphol and the authorities to ensure every step of the way is handled in the safest and most efficient way,”

Further adding. “This is something we aim to do throughout our global Perishables Network.”

Panalpina has two airport locations in Europe at Amsterdam and Luxembourg which are both licensed for the handling of organic produce.