centre for equine o per a ti o ns , and conducts

preparations such as sanitization of all areas being used, along with horse stalls or containers; ULD weighing; towing or escorting to or from the apron; and arranging closest possible vehicle parking to minimize the apron travel. Aſter the shipment, all areas of the terminal and its facilities which have been used are re-sanitised.

Paperwork or health/sanitary issues

Necessary documents include a Shipper’s Certification for all live animals, plus CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) document if the animal is protected or endangered; a Health Certificate; the Permits of the countries of export, transhipment and import; and a completed IATA Live Animal check list.

Recent developments

Following the success of CEIV Pharma, IATA is now pushing for

CEIV-Live Animals certification, which Hactl firmly supports. However, its experience with CEIV-Pharma certification was that airlines continued to

Animals from outside the EU must enter the EU through a relatively limited number of Border Inspection Posts (BIPs) or other suit able facilities. It is possible for an animal to be transhipped at an airport with a BIP – for example Frankfurt or Amsterdam and go through the BIP procedures there, but it must still arrive at a UK airport that has suitable facilities for animals and an approved pet- checker. With the exception of Heathrow,

which can handle all types and sizes of creatures, BIPs in the UK generally specialise in specific animals. Edinburgh, for instance, handles small animals (which can also include small birds, reptiles and fish) while Prestwick handles bovines and equines. It is also possible to import a

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conduct their own audits and required its staff to undergo mandatory training, even though Hactl itself had been certified.

Rules and regs

pet through a non-BIP airport provided that airport has the required facility operated by an approved pets checker. This only applies for pet dogs, cats and ferrets arriving under the pet travel scheme. However, if the pet is for sale or arriving five days outwith the arrival of its owner or has not been owned for more than six months it must be processed through a BIP. For importing pets into the UK,

there is the Pet Passport scheme for EU countries and a range of others such as Norway. But there is also a category called ‘Listed Countries’ such as US, Mexico, Hong Kong

for which the pet

passport can also be used. To import an animal from a

non-listed country, if it is a pet dog cat or ferret, it can travel from a


What’s good for pets is good for passengers too

Virgin Atlantic Cargo’s accompanied pets service also helps put bums on seats, says managing director Dominic Kennedy. He explains: “In around 60% of cases, owners like to travel on the same flight as their pets so having such a positive reputation for our pets product means we also generate business for our passenger team too.” Virgin Atlantic launched its pets service for cats and dogs

non-listed country provided it is not commercial and is travelling within five days of the owner, otherwise it cannot travel unless under a rabies import licence and quarantine would apply. For other animals it depends very much on origin and species as to whether allowed entry or not, and import licences or permit conditions.

15 years ago and since then has safely delivered over 27,000 dogs and cats. Kennedy adds: “We are seeing significant growth in pet shipments and May 2018 was our best month ever in terms of pet revenues, boosted by a big increase in bookings by pet agents in the US.

Customers are choosing

to work with us because we are the only carrier

in the

UK to offer a full booking, management and customs clearance service. We are also able to offer help and advice on other customs procedures and VAT exemptions.” The service complies with the

IATA Live Animals Regulations, the worldwide standard for transporting live animals by commercial airlines. Kennedy says: “These are the most current and efficient practices

for live animal cargo operations and ensure shipments are problem-free and compliant with international and local regulations. Our whole approach is focused on the comfort and wellbeing of pets during their journey.” However, Virgin Atlantic

Cargo is aware of the CEIV standard and is looking into what this could mean for customers. The carrier has a dedicated

pet reception at Heathrow, which is very popular with owners because it offers a calm environment for their pets before the start of their journey. Most of the pets carried into the UK are collected by their owners from the Heathrow Animal Reception Centre, which is the Live Animal Border Inspection Post for the airport.

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