FedEx Express Opens Temperature-Controlled Room at Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport
San Juan, Puerto Rico, October 25, 2022 – FedEx Express, a subsidiary of FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and the world’s largest express transportation company, has expanded its services in Puerto Rico by inaugurating a 3,980 square foot, state-of the art temperature-controlled room located in its Ramp of Operations at the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport.
This new facility increases the island’s capabilities to enhance the movement of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products to more than 220 countries and territories served by FedEx, ultimately strengthening the local sector’s ecosystem, which represents 30% of the island’s GDP.
“Puerto Rico plays an essential role in the growth and success of FedEx in the region,” said Basil Khalil, vice president of operations for FedEx Express Caribbean and Central America. “We are thrilled to open this pharma-capable temperature-controlled room as we continue to enhance our cold chain capabilities and solutions to support the pharma and emerging biopharmaceutical companies in Puerto Rico.”
Designed to meet the highest industry standards to ensure flexibility and product integrity, the temperature-controlled room has, among others, the following specifications and benefits:
- Three stage temperature-controlled rooms ranging from 2º-8ºC to keep products at the same temperature they have in the manufacturing plants
- Space for the temperature control of passive and active containers, as well as cold chain palletized freight
- Two feet insulation seals reefer docking to avoid ambient exposition
- Installation of active container charging stations and 24 new caster decks
- Condenser backup units and state-of-the-art security system
- Use of an electric forklift to avoid contamination
“This extension not only exemplifies our dedication to providing innovative solutions to our customers, but it also showcases the importance of strengthening our operations,” said Rolando Medina, managing director of operations at FedEx Express Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. “The expansion of our infrastructure, along with our experienced team, puts us in an excellent position to meet growing customer demands and efficiently transport temperature-sensitive goods.”
In terms of end-to-end real-time shipments visibility, Puerto Rico became the first market in the Latin American and Caribbean region to apply the FedEx innovative SenseAware ID earlier this year. This sensor-based technology logistics device enables customers to monitor location and conditions of their shipments in real time while it’s in the FedEx network, from point-of-pickup to delivery