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LATAM CEIV- Andres and Peter 1MIAMI: April 26, 2017. MIA Pharma Hub partner LATAM Cargo has become the first airline in America to receive IATA's Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) Pharma certification.

Earlier this month Swissport Miami became the first cargo handling company at the airport – as well as the first Swissport station in North America – to become CEIV certified.

The Pharma.Aero organization, co-founded by MIA and Brussels Airport last year, has now added to its membership list Pfizer, Johnson and Johnson, Merck Sharp & Dohme, DHL Temperature Management Solutions, Expeditors, EuroAirport Basel, 4Advice and e-Cargoware.

They join Singapore Changi Airport; Sharjah International Airport; Chhatrapati Shivaji (Mumbai) International Airport; Brussels Airlines; Singapore Airlines; and Brinks Life Sciences.

"As the first airport in the Western Hemisphere designated by IATA as a pharma hub, and now as home to America's first airline and first ground handler certified by IATA for pharma transport excellence, we are proud to collaborate with all our hub partners to be the unrivaled Pharma Gateway of the Americas," declared Miami-Dade Aviation Director Emilio González.

"Pharma trade to and from MIA continues to be a huge growth area for us, most recently surging by 48 percent in value year over year to US$4.4 billion in 2016."

Pictured left to right: LATAM CEO Andres Bianchi and IATA vice president for America Peter Cerda.

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