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The new UPS facility in Columbia will serve the growing pharmaceutical, biopharma, and medical device industry in Latin America.
UPS announced the opening of its new healthcare-dedicated facility in Colombia on June 5, 2017. The 76,000-ft2 center represents UPS’s latest investment in healthcare logistics aimed at helping pharmaceutical, biopharma, and medical device companies create seamless, global supply chains as they expand into, transport within, and export from Latin America.
The multi-client facility is equipped with technology for storing temperature-sensitive healthcare products. The building offers distribution services, warehouse management, and late-stage customization solutions such as labeling, product kitting and configuration, and repackaging.
“This latest announcement represents part of UPS’s long-term strategy to strengthen its integrated healthcare network to help manufacturers lower costs, streamline inventory, and meet increasing demands across Latin America and the world,” said Francisco Ricaurte, UPS Colombia country manager, in a press release.
The Colombia facility features the latest in sorting, processing, and data-capture technology available through UPS’s validated warehouse management system, providing customers full inventory visibility, standardized processing, and reporting. Furthermore, customers will have access to UPS’s global transportation technology network for complete control of their supply chains.
The facility is Current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) compliant and follows international and local regulations required by the Colombian Drug Regulatory Authority (Instituto Nacional de Vigilancia del Medicamento-INVIMA) and the Colombian Ministry of Health. The building is located near El Dorado International Airport in San Diego Industrial Park in the Funza, Cundinamarca area of Colombia.
UPS has been serving customers in the healthcare industry in Colombia for 11 years. This is the second healthcare-dedicated facility in the country and the ninth in the region. In Latin America, UPS distribution centers are located in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Puerto Rico.