IATA has unveiled a new standardized global certification program to improve the safety and welfare of animals travelling by air.
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 requirementsnot 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 program which is based on the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR), the worldwide standard for transporting animals by air.
Understanding the complex needs of stakeholders involved in the handling and transportation of animals by air was also key in developing the program. The City of Londons Heathrow Animal Reception Centre (HARC) and Air Canada Cargo played a key role in helping to pilot the CEIV Live Animal program.