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Kuehne + Nagel goes after China pharma logistics

Partnership with Jointown boosts K + N’s presence in China as more COVID-19 vaccines are approved

Two days after signing a definitive contract to acquire Hong Kong-based import/export facilitator Apex International Corp., mega-logistics services provider Kuehne + Nagel International AG struck a strategic partnership with Chinese pharmaceutical distributor Jointown, making good on recent plans to expand business in Asia.

Kuehne + Nagel, headquartered in Switzerland and number two in the world for logistics services based on gross revenue, said Wednesday it has entered into a partnership with China’s largest independent pharmaceutical distributor, accelerating its involvement in health care logistics in China.

Kuehne + Nagel has dominant positions in Europe and other markets, but only generates about 10% of logistics revenues from Asia, according to Jefferies analyst David Kersten. The two new deals will increase that share.

The partnership with Jointown gives K + N access to the company’s pharmaceutical-grade storage and distribution network, enabling it to comply with the highly regulated Chinese drug and health care sectors. The cooperation covers warehousing, domestic distribution, international transport and logistics.

“Partnering with Kuehne + Nagel will provide Jointown’s customers access to the international market through their global GxP (good practice quality guidelines) certified air, sea and overseas contract logistics operations. We will now be able to expand our business in overseas markets at a much faster pace and benefit from the partnership in a sustainable way,” Zhang Qingsong, general manager of the logistics business unit of Jointown Pharmaceutical Group, said in a statement.

Kuehne + Nagel and Jointown said their partnership positions them to safely and efficiently handle larger volumes of COVID-19 vaccines as more doses are produced.

Pharmaceutical logistics is one of the fastest growing, and most lucrative, sectors for third-party logistics providers. Kuehne + Nagel has a large pharmaceutical capability and is in charge of distributing Moderna’s COVID vaccine around the world, except in the U.S. The company is also handling storage and transport to dosing centers for regions in several countries.

Click here for more FreightWaves/American Shipper stories by Eric Kulisch.

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Eric Kulisch, Air Cargo Editor

Eric is the Air Cargo Market Editor at FreightWaves. An award-winning business journalist with extensive experience covering the logistics sector, Eric spent nearly two years as the Washington, D.C., correspondent for Automotive News, where he focused on regulatory and policy issues surrounding autonomous vehicles, mobility, fuel economy and safety. He has won two regional Gold Medals from the American Society of Business Publication Editors for government coverage and news analysis, and was voted best for feature writing and commentary in the Trade/Newsletter category by the D.C. Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. As associate editor at American Shipper Magazine for more than a decade, he wrote about trade, freight transportation and supply chains. Eric is based in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached for comments and tips at ekulisch@freightwaves.com

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