The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Animal Transport Association have joined forces to push industry adoption of the CEIV Live Animals programme.
This was formalised through a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between IATA and ATA at ATA’s 49th Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary.
Under the terms of the MoU, ATA will encourage the adoption of CEIV Live Animals among its members.
IATA and ATA will continue to ensure ATA members are aligned with the CEIV Live Animal programme requirements.
Both organisations will collaborate to improve all handling and transport of animals worldwide and ensure access to adequate training for all stakeholders involved.
Filip Vande Cappelle, president of ATA says: “By creating communities between our members, we can combine a number of stages in the CEIV Live Animal process which results in better collaboration between supply chain members, a commonly accepted standard and a considerable cost saving for the participants. We are convinced that this will highly benefit the welfare of animals being shipped and reduce the number of incidents.”
Glyn Hughes, IATA global head of cargo says: “Animal owners, breeders and shippers rely heavily on airlines to carry their precious cargo. As an industry, we have a duty of care to ensure that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect the welfare of these animals. IATA is committed to working with ATA, its members and wider industry stakeholders to achieve excellence in the transport of live animals.”