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Pharma supply chain issues during COVID-19

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Governments and health care agencies across Europe are working to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19. This has not just impacted people’s health, but also their jobs and the health of the markets. Manufacturers and suppliers are struggling to manage the pandemic’s growing impact on their supply chains because factories and plants have shut down or significantly reduced their production since the outbreak.

More focus on the pharmaceutical logistics sector

The security requirements are tightening considerably over the past few months. Due COVID-19 more and more pharmaceutical transport comes in place. all the personnel involved in the pharma logistics sector are obliged to follow extra training in order to stay up-to-date of the last developments in the crisis. all trailers used for pharmaceutical transport should be certified by TUV pharmaserv. In that way, you can be certain they meet the most stringent requirements and standards.


to be sure the materials and or ingredients for the liquid or solid are transported correctly without any setbacks, supply chain companies should be in the possession of TUV trailers and a GDP ''good distribution practice'' certificate. this means their materials are extensively tested in conditions up to -32 degrees, deliver a receipt of temperature and CMR within one hour and they have qualified personnel in the sectors and the best equipment available.

A hole has grown in the supply chain

Countless companies, large and small, rely on a network of pharmaceutical suppliers to produce and distribute medicine across the world. A majority of necessary ingredients for most medicines come from around the world, liquid as well solid, and the steps it takes to get it to the customer are all part of a supply chain. Materials and ingredients can make up 60%-80% of a business' plan and budget on an annual basis. So, what happens to a company if there has grown a big hole in their whole supply chain that they're trying to resolve?

Immediate steps recommended for businesses:

  • Have multiple sources for larger volume transports
  • Make sure you talk to suppliers to evaluate the risk to your supply chain: Do they know of any risk to their supply chain?
  • If you have long purchase orders, bring in more supplies than you normally would: "Raise up to 30-60 days of inventory on parts."
  • Keep your relationship with your suppliers strong: You want to keep in touch so that you're getting first-pass when things go bad.

Right now, it is smart to explore different supply chain strategies — for either a short-term fix at a higher cost or a lower cost long-term solution.

Warehouse hoarding

The most prevalent strategy companies are currently taking is similar to hoarding: Trying to buy things and get it into their warehouse as opposed to leaving it in a distributor's warehouse. However, hoarding will only go so far if businesses don't evaluate their supply chain and communicate with their distributors. Keeping in contact with your suppliers is really key because then you're known.

Restructuring and preparation

We also recommend that businesses use this time to try to improve their process so they can come back from the impact of the coronavirus stronger. While it's still unknown how bad things will get, most companies will not be making any long-term bets on purchases for materials. Also, any kind of consumer confidence drop or social distancing will have a big impact on consumption, and so the logistic market.

Security and monitoring

When it comes to transportation of any kind, security is a standard. Boekestijn has its own control tower were the whole fleet is monitored 24/7. if a client wants to be notified with live updates it is not a problem. our TUV trailers are all equipped with the latest technology when it comes to security and cold transports, liquid as well solid. All drivers are in 24/7 communication with the control tower, whether they are located in west Europe, east Europe or Russia.

Feel free to contact us to discuss the possibilities of your supply chain solutions.

The History behind Boekestijn Transport

Since our establishment, we specialise in many areas of the logistics sector. We offer an all-in-one service and promise the highest level of standards, while limiting the cost.
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Questions? We have your answers.

How do you transport High Value Loads?

All high value loads are transported under strict internal policies. It is standard working practice to have panic buttons, electro locking systems on our trailers, motion sensors, acoustic alarms, predefined routing and in-house 24/7 monitoring.

Can I transport commodities at different temperatures in the one truck?

Multi Temperature means that you can divide your loading space into several temperature compartments with a different temperature range in each part - For example: The first half of the trailer is set up for 2-8 degrees, we put a wall in between, so the other half can be set up for 15-25 degrees

Are all your drivers ADR Trained?

Yes, our drivers follow annual ADR training and our entire fleet is also equipped with the latest up-to-date ADR equipment

Is Boekestijn Transport Multilingual?

Boekestijn control tower is in operation 24/7 and is located in Poznan PL. The main language we use is English but our colleagues can speak various languages such as FR, DE, ESP, RU,UA.

How do you implement GDP training?

Office employees as well as our drivers are obliged to have GDP training annually. This falls under the control of our Boekestijn Quality department and we use a Learning Management System.

Do you provide Double Teams?

We operate Double Teams in order to make our transit time shorter and to ensure the highest security standards. If the drivers need to take a break, approved secure parking is used.