The IFS Logistic is applicable to all organizations within the transportation and logistics sector, to warehouses and third-party merchants with forwarding and storage activities of their own. The requirements apply to organizations providing all types of logistical services, regardless of temperature (frozen, refrigerated, or without cooling) or means of transport (by road, rail, ship, etc.). More and more retailers, producers of retailer-branded goods, and warehouse clients require their logistic service providers to be certified to IFS Logistic. Organizations with their own logistics department need to fulfill the requirements of the International Food Standard IFS.
IFS Logistic closes the gap between the production and retail levels, thus ensuring transparency and quality assurance throughout the entire chain of food supply. The standard is suitable for both food and non-food products, and encompasses all logistic activities such as: transport, storage, distribution, loading/unloading, etc. The IFS Logistic was drawn up by German and French retailers, working in collaboration with other international retailers and experts. The standard, which was specifically created to fulfill this business sector's requirements, focuses strongly on systematic and comprehensive hygiene and risk management, stock management (first in/first out), temperature control, and traceability.