Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Air Freight of Live Animals Gets More Professional

Competency Now Proved with New Cargo Certification
Shipping News Feature
CANADA – SOUTH AFRICA – CHINA – Air Canada Cargo says that it has become the first airline to receive a new global certification for the safe transport of live animals. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded Air Canada Cargo with the Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animal Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) Certification following the successful completion of the verification process.

Earlier this year in April, IATA launched the new standardised global certification programme to improve the safety and welfare of animals travelling by air and this certification reinforces the point that Air Canada Cargo operates to the highest standards in the transport of live animals, be it exotic species or household pet. Tim Strauss, Vice President, Cargo at Air Canada, commented:

"Air Canada Cargo is a trusted carrier for thousands of animal shippers worldwide. We are honoured to have been selected to participate in the CEIV Live Certification programme and are proud of the team at Air Canada Cargo for achieving the industry's first ever certification, which reinforces our position as an industry leader."

Handling and transporting live animals is challenging. Turkish Cargo recently carried five endangered white Rhinos from South Africa to China and, with shipments such as this, 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.

These were prerequisites for the development of the CEIV Live Animals programme which is based on the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR), the worldwide standard for transporting animals by air. The IATA LAR are based on professional and operational input from industry experts, including veterinarians, animal welfare experts as well as government agencies involved in the regulation of animal transportation and non-governmental organisations with an interest in animal transportation.

The CEIV Live Animals programme increases the level of competency, operations, quality management and professionalism in the handling and transportation of live animals in the air freight industry while reinforcing training and compliance across the supply chain. Independent validators conduct training and onsite audits to ensure the animals' safety and welfare when travelling by air across the world. Nick Careen, IATA's Senior Vice President, Airport, Passenger, Cargo and Security, said:

"I want to congratulate Air Canada for their great leadership in achieving the first CEIV Live Animals certification in the world. Proper handling and transporting of live animals is a very important aspect of the cargo supply chain, with many unique complexities. Global standards and expertise are key to the safe and humane transportation by air of this precious cargo."

As Air Canada receives its certification, so Turkish Cargo were transporting those 5 white rhinos, which were born under the supervision of the specialist teams, to Shanghai from Johannesburg via Istanbul. The rhinos, each weighing 1 tonne and growing under supervision until they reach the age of 3 due to their endangered nature, were once the most common species but are now endangered due to illegal hunting for their horns.

Performing live animal carrying operations only between the qualified zoos, private institutions or acknowledged preservation and rehabilitation centres in order to prevent animal trafficking, Turkish Cargo carried these white rhinos to Shanghai, accompanied by the specialist teams and keepers. Through this operation, Turkish Cargo aims to enhance the awareness level of the Chinese people on the effect of illegal hunting on natural life balance, and the endangered species of white rhino.

Turkish Cargo says it carries out all of its live animal transportation operations to the IATA LAR standard through the acceptance, storage and shipment processes, and it meticulously implements the documentation, encaging, labelling and marking guidelines as described under the said regulations.