Sunday, May 25, 2014

When Precious and Rare Livestock is the Freight the Logistics of Air Cargo Forwarding Gets Tricky

(and the Editor Accepts No Responsibility for the Lamentable Excess of Poor Puns in this Story....for once)
Shipping News Feature

BELGIUM – ISRAEL – CHINA – MALAYSIA – The transport of animals, whether as land, sea or air cargo is usually a pain in the neck, often being a tall order and rarely black and white. This week has seen two successful movements of live cargo, with DHL Global Forwarding keen to show they were head and shoulders above the rest when assisting in the relocation of a giraffe from Liege, Belgium, to its new home at the Ramat Gan Safari in Tel Aviv, Israel, and air freight outfit MASkargo showing that they weren’t bamboozled when transporting a pair of giant pandas from China to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Arriving safe and healthy in Tel Aviv on May 22, a male giraffe named Jengo was moved via DHL's international cargo network. In cooperation with Ramat Gan Safari, DHL used a special crate for the transportation of Jengo and the giraffe was flown on a Boeing 747-400 cargo aircraft operated by the Israeli airline El Al, accompanied by a team of animal keepers and veterinary physicians to ensure the animals health and safety at all times. Besides the safety team, the aircraft also took along a daily amount of food supply, weighing approximately 100 kilograms. Rafi Rozalis, CEO DHL Global Forwarding Israel said:

"We are committed to supporting conservation and environmental causes around the world. Jengo's journey is a further opportunity for this and we are glad to have helped Ramat Gan Safari in their mission. Having in mind the requirements for transporting the tallest terrestrial animal on earth, it also gives us the chance to show that we can handle even the most unusual cargo transport.”

Jengo will join a herd of seven giraffes for a breeding program at Ramat Gan Safari. Giraffes are classified as ‘Least Concern’ by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), although some subspecies are classified as endangered. The Ramat Gan Safari takes care of the largest collection of wildlife in the Middle East. Besides the Safari area, visitors have also access to a modern outdoor zoo.

At the beginning of the week, two giant pandas, FuWa and FengYi, arrived at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport onboard MASkargo’s own A330-200 freighter. Flight MH 6462 had made a special ferry flight to Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) before arriving at the Animal Hotel at the MASkargo Complex in Malaysia.

The MASkargo Animal Hote claims to be the world’s only ‘6 star’ facility of its type and is the only such establishment in Asia. Also on board the recent flight were Dr. Li of the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and Dr. Naim Zainuddin of Zoo Negara to ensure the wellbeing of the giant pandas. Mohd Yunus Idris, CEO of MASkargo, said:

“In a development that augurs well for Malaysia, we are proud to be a part of such a significant event. It is an honour for MASkargo to transport one of the national treasures of the Republic of China to Malaysia.

“The staff at Animal Hotel undergo regular training to keep themselves updated with the latest know-how on both safety and animal welfare pertaining to shipments of live animals by air. In the past, we have transported exotic animals such as sea lions, tiger sharks, baby giraffes and rhinoceros to name a few. Our vast experience in pet and animal transportation has accorded MASkargo with a membership in the IATA Live Animal Board.”