GLOSSARY: Time On The Tarmac

A phrase that refers to the period in which medicines are left on the tarmac while they wait to be loaded when being shipped by air. This can cause temperature peaks when packages are left in the sun especially in hot countries. Also, packages may be at risk of shock exposure from handlers. Correct labeling on shipments is critical to ensure handlers know they are moving sensitive cargo. Many perceive time on the tarmac as one of the biggest challenges when transporting medicines via airfreight, some going as far as to deploy thermal blankets solely for tarmac time.