The future of healthcare logistics in Japan: How domestic airfreight transforms patient care
The transformational impact of domestic airfreight in Japan
World Courier Japan's newly granted domestic airfreight license is a game-changer for healthcare logistics. Before this development, we could only provide air freight services in Japan for shipments originating from international locations and destined for domestic delivery within the country. Now, World Courier can offer air shipping for packages between domestic locations via airlines, thereby unlocking multiple benefits for its customers and patients.
Efficient, reliable delivery for time-sensitive shipments
One of the most significant advantages of domestic airfreight is its ability to expedite time-sensitive shipments, such as CGT and DtP treatments, which often require strict temperature and time control. By leveraging local airlines, World Courier can now handle more volume and reduce delivery times, ensuring that these critical products reach patients as quickly and safely as possible.
Simplifying complex logistics
With the increased demand for complex studies and treatments, healthcare logistics have become more intricate than ever. World Courier's domestic airfreight license simplifies this process by providing a single, unified solution that caters to all types of shipments and volumes within Japan. Customers can continue to book their shipments in the usual way, without worrying about navigating the complexities of multiple transportation options.
Enhanced value-added services
World Courier's expansion into domestic airfreight also brings added value to its customers in Japan. The company will continue to provide shipping documentation, training, and contingency planning for its customers. In some cases, airfreight might be more affordable than existing land routes, leading to potential cost savings.
A vision for the future of healthcare logistics
The acquisition of a domestic airfreight license by World Courier Japan marks a significant milestone in the ongoing evolution of healthcare logistics. This development bolsters World Courier's position as a leading player in the industry and region, and demonstrates our commitment to creating healthier futures for patients.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Q: What is happening?
A: The newly established World Courier Japan (Domestic) entity can now leverage local airlines for domestic shipments. Before obtaining this new license, we could only provide air freight services in Japan for shipments originating from international locations and destined for domestic delivery within Japan. With this new license, we can now offer air shipping for packages between domestic locations via airlines.
Q: When will World Courier be able to provide such airfreight services in Japan?
A: We will offer our new services from 1st April 2023.
Q: Why have World Courier made this change now?
A: We have taken this step to ensure that we are able to handle any type of shipment and volume in Japan. We are seeing increasing demand for complex studies from cell and gene and direct-to-patient treatments which require strict temperature and time control, and we therefore made the decision to apply for this license.
Q: Do I need to do anything differently when booking my shipments?
A: No, continue to book your shipments in the usual way.
Q: Does anything change for me in terms of existing billing arrangements, or contracts?
A: Invoicing for current projects will continue to go to WCJP International, and there is no need to change any of your existing contracts. However, new shipments through domestic airfreight will be invoiced by WCJP Domestic.
Q: What is the benefit for our customers in Japan?
A: We are adding value added services for all customers in Japan. World Courier will continue to provide shipping documentation, training and contingency planning for our customers. In some cases, airfreight might be more affordable than existing land routes that you use to ship within Japan.
Q: What if we are already using direct drive (ground transportation) services?
A: Nothing will change. If you have other shipments or projects which will be more cost efficient to move by airfreight, we can set up a new lane for you. If you have an existing long-distance shipment, we can redesign the solution for you by airfreight. Conditions apply.
Q: Will there be changes to existing pricing structures and contracts?
A: Yes, we are a new entity. New shipments by domestic airfreight will be invoiced by World Courier Japan (Domestic) Co. Ltd. Please contact the Japan sales team at email@example.com. *Note: this only applies for first-time domestic airfreight customers