Air Canada Cargo extends cold chain facility collaboration in Toronto to include AC Fresh

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Air Canada Cargo has extended its collaboration with GTA dnata in Toronto to include all AC Cool Chain shipments. Starting September 16, in addition to pharmaceuticals (AC Pharmacair and AC Absolute), shipments booked with AC Fresh solution flowing through Toronto will be handled by Air Canada Cargo’s partner, GTA dnata, at its newly renovated facility. Products handled will include seafood, chilled meats, fruit, vegetables, herbs and fresh flowers – all requiring a comprehensive, integrated cold chain logistics approach.

GTA dnata’s facility is equipped for handling temperature-sensitive shipments, with a temperature controlled dedicated environment for perishables (15 to 25 degrees Celsius) and separate coolers for storage in specific ranges (2 to 8 degrees Celsius).

To ensure that perishable shipments receive the required specialized cold chain handling, customers must book them as AC Fresh. All perishable shipments originating and destined to Pearson Airport in Toronto (YYZ) will be handled at the GTA dnata facility. Tender and retrieval times are unchanged.

Empty active containers from AC Absolute shipments being returned to Air Canada for end of lease will continue to be handled at the main Air Canada Cargo building at 2580, Britannia Rd East.

With hundreds of flights reaching almost every part of the world, Air Canada Cargo’s Toronto hub provides rapid access to international routes, keeping perishables moving quickly and efficiently.  Each year, thousands of perishable shipments are handled at the company’s Toronto hub alone. These include Canadian exports as well as shipments from the United States, Central and South America destined to Europe and Asia.

“Toronto is a key gateway for international perishable shipping,” says Vito Cerone, Senior Director, Sales and Commercial Strategy for Air Canada Cargo. “Our collaboration with GTA dnata has been extremely successful for pharmaceutical shipments, so the addition of perishables is the next step. We’re excited to be adding a world-class facility and experienced team that will help us meet our customers’ growing needs with regards to these sensitive shipments.”

Source: Air Canada Cargo