FedEx Corp. announced the launch of its FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution, which offers an end-to-end service for the shipping of temperature-sensitive healthcare products around the world. FedEx says the new offering is an important component of the broader FedEx HealthCare Solutions portfolio of services for customers in the life sciences and biopharma industries.
The solution uses liquid nitrogen dry vapor technology that maintains a temperature of below -150 degrees Celsius for up to 10 days using the CryoPort Express Dry Shipper. FedEx says that unlike dry ice, this technology is classified as nonhazardous, which eliminates the complexities associated with being classified as dangerous goods.
Customers place orders online through a customized FedEx portal. FedEx provides the preconditioned container to the customer to load their temperature-sensitive product. FedEx then delivers the container to its final destination while actively monitoring the shipment and intervening if needed during transit. Finally, FedEx picks up the container and returns it for refurbishing.
“The FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution combines innovative dry vapor technology with the reliability of FedEx logistics management to provide customers with the highest level of integrity and security for their high-value frozen shipments worldwide,” says Raj Subramaniam, senior vice president of global marketing for FedEx. ”It is truly a complete solution that enhances the current services we provide our healthcare customers, giving them an even greater peace of mind.”
The FedEx Deep Frozen Shipping Solution is classified under the International Air Transport Association as a nonhazardous dry shipper and meets the requirements to handle both infectious substances and noninfectious clinical samples.
“We have heard from customers that they want a simpler alternative for shipping temperature-sensitive products that eliminates the complexities involved with dry ice,” says Carl Asmus, vice president of international market development for FedEx. “This new service is not only nonhazardous, but it also reduces environmental impact through the use of a recyclable container and liquid nitrogen, which evaporates harmlessly.”