IFS Logistics

IFS Logistics guarantees transparency and food safety throughout the whole international supply chain. This is one of the first international standards that is focused on logistic activities. The standard has been active since April 2012.

It is important for retail chains and food producers to know how their products are treated in the logistics chain. They want to be sure that the products they buy are transported and stored in accord with the set rules in order to prevent any harm to the customer’s health whilst retaining the quality of the product.

The IFS Logistics standard, specifically developed for storage, distribution, and transportation, as well as loading and unloading activities, is able to be implemented in both non-food and food environments. The standard can be applied to heavy goods – vehicles, trains, ships, airplanes and other types of transport, as well as storage facilities.  This standard also applies to (un-)freezing service providers and to logistics companies using service providers for their transport and/ or storage activities.

It applies to all types of transport: road, rail or sea and all states of food: frozen and fresh with or without refrigeration, bulk and packaged products.

IFS Logistics concerns the logistics where companies have physical contact with products. If the company is processing products and has its own logistics activities, these activities are included in the standard IFS Food in the section on transport and storage.

When logistics is an “outsourced” process it is preferably to be executed by a company certified against the IFS Logistics standard. If you are an independent logistics provider or broker/importer of food products having your own warehouses and other transportation facilities, this standard is applicable for you.

Control points have been introduced to characterize and supervise the logistic operator’s ability to preserve quality and safety. The status of control points is verified by an audit by qualified auditors.

Certificate is valid for 12 months followed by a recertification audit every year.

Benefits:

  • Improved quality and safety throughout the entire chain of supply; from production to forwarding, warehousing, and delivery to the retail customers;
  • Evidence of systematic hygiene and risk management in warehousing and transport;
  • Ensures good hygiene practice, continuous traceability, and optimal handling of all goods in stock.