AstraZeneca extends distribution partnership with Yusen Logistics

Chanice Henry

AstraZeneca has awarded a contract extension to healthcare logistics provider Yusen Logistics for the global distribution of its products via road, air and sea.

As a strategic global freight partner to Astrazeneca, Yusen handles the manufacturing process from active ingredient and bulk materials to prescription drugs.

The Yusen’s Pharma Superhighway offering  carries circa 250,000 pallets for AstraZeneca, all of which are real time tracked

The Yusen solution is based around its European Pharma Superhighway road network, with movements managed by its 'Control Tower'. This allows centralised planning of pan-European transport movements to maximise vehicle utilisation and reduce costs, whilst ensuring product integrity.

The Control Tower also manages air movements via strategic gateways at Schiphol, Frankfurt and Chicago, as well as ocean movements to and from Europe, supported by Yusen’s GDP licenced warehouses in Antwerp and the UK, which deliver strategic storage and Customs Clearance capabilities.


The Pharma Superhighway currently carries circa 250,000 pallets for AstraZeneca, all of which are real time tracked with full temperature monitoring.

The two companies have been working in close partnership since 2007.

Julian Wann, Global Category Lead: Freight & Logistics, at AZ, commented: “We are delighted to continue and further develop our strategic partnership with Yusen Logistics, working together to support AZ’s business objectives.”