Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Shipping Your Pets as Freight Needs Extra Attention says Forwarding Agent

Formal Industry Qualification Provides Some Measure of Insurance that Your Animals are Well Treated
Shipping News Feature

IRELAND – WORLDWIDE – Choosing a freight forwarding agent or shipping company when you are unsure of your ground can be stressful enough, moving one’s pet to another country can, for many people be the most harrowing of experiences. Even looking through something like our own Freight Directory cannot guarantee the first class service every owner demands and the only clue to true professionalism is the industry qualifications which any export agent shows on their advertisement.

One company to realise the benefits of trade recognition of this type is EFL International Distribution which launched its own pet shipping operation just one year ago. To help guarantee service standards the Dublin based group has become a member of the Texas-based International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA), a non-profit, worldwide trade association for animal handlers and pet moving providers.

EFL has long been the exclusive Irish agency of the worldwide U-Freight Group (UFL) and following the decision to manage pet shipments the company became the first company in the Irish Republic to become an approved carrier under the Irish Government’s Pet Passport System. The company also ensures the import of animals is carefully attended to by way of its mobile veterinary unit which is accompanied by a registered and approved veterinary surgeon working with a member of EFL International’s pet specialist team. EFL managing director Eddie Mullin, commented:

“Our membership of IPATA crowns a year of success that has seen our pet traffic go from strength to strength and become a very important part of our service offering. That is why we established our Pets on Board division. With the mobile unit, owners and breeders importing dogs and cats into Ireland, no longer have to arrange for their animals to be transported from Dublin airport to the government approved veterinary clinic six kilometres from the airport to complete the required formalities; removing costs, reducing the processing time and avoiding the extra travel for animals which may have already endured long transits from their origin.

“We never forget that the cats and dogs we handle are so well loved they become members of the shipper’s family and are living creatures. We do everything in our power to ensure the safe and comfortable passage of these living creatures, not only to ensure a relaxed journey for the creature but a rapid acclimatisation when they reach their destination. After all, when a client entrusts their beloved pet to us, they know we will stop at nothing to offer the best in creature comforts to them.”