Qatar ships almost 20% of Indian Pharma
Qatar Airways Cargo is now one of India’s leading cargo carriers and today, with a pharmaceutical market share of almost 18% in India, almost one in five pharmaceutical shipments leaves the country on board an aircraft. Qatar Airways Cargo.
“The Indian pharmaceutical market is very important for Qatar Airways Cargo”, explains Ehab Matta, Senior Manager Regional Cargo Subcontinent Indian, Middle East & Pakistan – Qatar Airways. “We work closely with major vaccine manufacturers in India through our global partnerships with leading international and local freight forwarders.” It is this close collaboration with customers that has enabled Hyderabad (HYD) to become the first stop in the Qatar Airways Cargo network, to deploy Envirotainer’s new Releye® RLP containers as soon as they have been approved for transport on Qatar Airways planes. Hyderabad also holds the national record for the most active pharmaceutical containers on a flight, having already moved 11 ULDs in a single flight. The city is home to over 2,500 of the country’s 3,000 pharmaceutical companies and 10,500 manufacturing units, and is India’s main pharmaceutical export station, although Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai also play a role. important given the widespread pharmaceutical production facilities across India.
“India produces and exports both conventional vaccines and COVID-19 vaccines,” Matta continues. “Ten COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in India, while India-made vaccines are approved in over 138 countries globally. To date, we have moved nearly 30 million COVID-19 vaccines to multiple destinations across our network, including Africa, the Middle East, the Americas, Europe and Asia. We expect to move more since the COVID-19 vaccine export restriction was lifted by the Indian government late last year. Our participation in the UNHCR vaccination program, through Kuehne and Nagel, is a good testimony of our commitment.
The growing involvement of India and Qatar Airways Cargo in supporting healthcare through charters and the transport of not only pharmaceuticals, but all kinds of aid and relief materials, and vaccines , led the airline to find a suitable candidate to act as regional cargo sales. Manager – Products. Sunita Sanghvi, who joined the airline in Mumbai on March 14, 2022, is responsible for the development of its pharmaceuticals in India and the rest of the ISC region; and will work closely with regional sales teams, customers and partners, to deliver targeted, enhanced and tailored solutions to the growing pharmaceutical demand in India and the rest of ISC. “That said, most of our teams across all Indian stations are trained in our pharmaceutical product and are well versed in business and operational requirements as well as specific customer needs. Arguably, our largest pool of pharmaceutical experts is based in India,” Matta points out, also pointing out that the Indian teams are supported by the central product management team based at the Doha headquarters.
“If you want to know more about what we do, you can meet our pharmaceutical team members in person at this year’s Air Cargo India event from 31 May 2022 to 02 June 2022. We will be at booth C101. We look forward to seeing you there,” concludes Ehab Matta.