Hactl opens Cool Chain Complex

Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals (Hactl) has opened its new Cool Chain Complex, the largest facility for handling temperature-sensitive shipments at Hong Kong International Airport.

Import shipments at the complex can be unloaded from aircraft, broken down and either stored or handed to waiting customers within an entirely temperature-controlled environment and exports have a similar transit from warehouse to aircraft.

All additional processes such as check-weighing and X-ray screening take place within the temperature-controlled environment.

The Cool Chain Complex is the first facility at the airport to have a climate-controlled area for storing dangerous substances, featuring three separate temperature zones.

It has been designed to minimise the time and distance between aircraft and storage, with direct airside access and its own dedicated landside truck docks.

Temperature zones of 15C, 2-8C and -25 to -15C cater for every type of commodity with all zones featuring real-time temperature monitoring and full CCTV coverage.

Wilson Kwong, Chief Executive of Hactl, said: “This is a real game-changer in the handling of temperature-controlled shipments at Hong Kong’s airport. In addition to offering a seamless, constant-climate handling capability, the Cool Chain Complex means Hactl is the first air cargo handler in Hong Kong to offer a dedicated storage area for hazardous substances, with precise temperature control. This will allow dangerous pharmaceuticals and biological shipments to be stored under tightly-regulated thermal conditions and security, achieving total safety and preserving product efficacy.”

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