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New Zealand’s leader in medical Logistics

We are New Zealand's leading medical logistics company specialising in cold chain logistics for Healthcare, Biotech and the Life Sciences industries with extensive experience in distribution of temperature-controlled medications, consumables and clinical samples for testing.

We take pride in an impeccable track record of 20 years in storage and transportation of medications, consumables and clinical trial samples using specialised packaging to ensure seamless, point to point cold chain integrity.  We provide real-time tracking of shipments using GPS technology as well as temperature monitoring and reporting of shipments during the entire process.

2020 - Cedra joins the war against COVID-19 - It fills us with pride knowing that we delivered time critical services for COVID swab testing, medications, urgent test kits and so much more.

2021 - we are excited to be offering logistical support to DHB's and Primary Health Care Networks to successfully implement the NZ Government's COVID-19 vaccine.


Our Services

Clinical Trials & Pharmaceuticals

We are experts in the safe, fast and reliable handling of your clinical trial specimens and pharmaceuticals. We utilise the most direct routes and the latest cold chain transport systems to ensure your samples arrive in the same condition they left. We are audited to W.H.O GDP (Good Distribution Practise) guidelines to ensure your confidence in our handling your pharmaceuticals and cold chain supplies.

Temperature Control Solutions

We have the installed the latest validated conditioning rooms, warm and chilled, in our warehouse. This enables us to utilise the latest cold chain transport systems. We stock a range of packaging solutions to suit your needs, including validated data loggers. Whether your shipment is 1kg or multiple cartons, warm/chilled/frozen you can count on us to manage your cold chain supply within NZ or Worldwide.

NZ and Global Courier Options

Cedra has extensive coverage across towns and cities within NZ and offer International courier options around the globe. Our best services, as chosen by our clients, are our Cedra Priority -same day within NZ and Cedra Advance -overnight option within NZ.
Your shipments can be tracked using our online tracking portal every step of the way and vital transport milestones are automatically sent to your team. Talk to us today on how we can find a solution to your transportation needs. You can have confidence with Cedra Express.

About Us

Cedra Express is 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Cedra was established in 2001 to offer first-class time critical global logistic solutions to the biotech, pharmaceutical, medical and life sciences industries. We offer specialised time and temperature sensitive courier services, for the safe and secure transportation of irreplaceable clinical trial materials, diagnostic specimens and healthcare related shipments.




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With modern operational offices in Christchurch and Auckland, Cedra Express has grown to become a market leader. We are driven by a desire to make the entire process of moving a consignment from point A to point B as easy, seamless and efficient for our customers as possible - whether point A is just down the road, across the country or half a world away.
Cedra Express has built our reputation on the service of excellence, reliability and our industry expertise. This allows our customers to have full confidence in our ability to navigate the intricacies of cross-border legislation, regulations and the protocols of international trade and commerce.  With experienced and highly qualified staff and a business committed to providing a personalised customer focused experience, you can rely on Cedra Express to deliver every time.

We provide strict safety and security compliance as per CAA NZ standards and regulations.  We are the only New Zealand owned medical courier compliant to Good Distribution Practices for Medications (GDP) based on World Health Organistaion guidelines for the safe distribution of medications.  We are certified by New Zealand's Civil Aviation Authority at the highest security level for airfreight.


Our People

Graham Tappin - Managing Director

The journey for Cedra Express started over 20 years ago specialising in logistics for the Healthcare, Biotech and Lifesciences industries with a vision where imagination, innovation and determination are the hallmarks of our business development. With our unrivalled blend of personalised service, industry knowledge, experience and enthusiasm we are today New Zealand’s most successful medical courier company. I would like to acknowledge that our growth and success is driven by Cedra’s team commitment to provide a first class service to all clients.

Graham Tappin - Managing Director

What our customers say about us - 

Our customers are what makes Cedra Express so special. Our vision and direction are aligned with our customers' goals. Hence, the recommendations and feedback from our customers are extremely valuable for us. Here are a few samples of what our customers and partners have said about our services.



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Sharon Berry, Clinical research assistant and phlebotomist, Lipids and Diabetes Research Laboratory, CDHB

"I interact with medical couriers for managing logistics and timely delivery for research samples. Cedra Express is highly responsive to the needs of their customers and is very flexible and supportive. They provided excellent services during Covid-19 lockdown situation by putting in their best efforts in timely collection and shipment in spite of the constraints. Cedra provides real-time communication and keeps us updated on every bit of information that matters to us. I highly recommend Cedra as a competent and reliable medical courier who would deliver the best at any circumstances."


Tom Blockley, Reverse Logistics Team Leader - NZ - Device Technologies

"I deal with many medical; couriers as part of my role in surgical logistics. Cedra Express provide an excellent service in terms of reliability and service excellence. They have a very good mechanism to track and trace a shipment at any point of time. They maintain excellent communication with the customer throughout the process.  Apart from the expected service delivery, they also care about building and maintaining a relationship with their customers. They are extremely accommodating and always strive for a solution no matter the situation"


Clinical Nurse Educator – Research responsible for coordinating clinical trials

"I have been dealing with the medical logistics sector for over 16 years related to clinical research. Cedra Express has been our trusted partner as a medical courier and I am very happy with their high standards of service quality and responsiveness. In clinical research we need to anticipate any logistical problems early on and resolve/ mitigate them in the quickest possible time. Their team of courier drivers keep in contact with our site staff around pick-up and delivery times and this is invaluable. Cedra is outstanding in this aspect. Cedra always keeps us informed about upcoming shipping / flight schedules, which has been a crucial factor during the COVID-19 situation and much appreciated. Cedra provides excellent support in time-critical logistics, e.g. for shipments related to laboratory specimen testing results, which can have very strict delivery timeframes and Cedra scores very highly against other medical couriers in this aspect."


Ros Mccarthy, Research Facilitator, Canterbury Health Laboratories, CDHB

"My responsibilities include interfacing between the researchers and service providers for ensuring timely availability and logistics of research samples. My experience with Cedra Express has been excellent in terms of reliability, timely delivery and tracking of shipment.  They are highly competent in handling dry ice shipments that we need. They are proactive and fully aligned with their customers' needs. I always would recommend Cedra as a committed and reliable partner." 



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We have a well-earned reputation for the fast, efficient handling of a time critical shiments