IATA announces certification program for animals traveling by air



The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has launched a new standardized global certification program to improve the safety and welfare of animals traveling by air, the company said.

The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) provides stakeholders across the air cargo supply chain with the assurance that CEIV Live Animals certified companies are operating to the highest standards in the transport of live animals.

Handling and transporting live animals is challenging. Each type of animal has its specific requirements–not limited to the physical. It is critical to take into consideration the emotional response of the animals when placed in a special-purpose, if unfamiliar, environment by trained professionals.

CEIV Live Animals also focuses on the importance to comply with the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) requirements including the CITES Guidelines for the Non-Air Transport of Live Wild Animals and Plants available in the LAR. CITES is the legally binding agreement with 183 Parties (182 States and the EU), regulating international trade in more than 36,000 species of animals and plants.