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  • 19 Jul 2019 3:31 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Migrations issue

  • 10 Jul 2019 3:39 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)


    IATA and ATA join forces to implement

    CEIV Live Animals                  

    10 June 2019 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Animal Transport Association (ATA) have joined forces to encourage industry adoption of The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals). This was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between IATA and ATA at ATA’s 49th Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary.

    Handling and transporting live animals is challenging. Ensuring that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect the welfare of these animals when they travel is a key priority for IATA and ATA. CEIV Live Animals is a standardized global certification program designed to help achieve this.

    Under the terms of the MoU, ATA will encourage adoption of CEIV Live Animals among its members. In parallel, ATA and IATA will continue to work closely to ensure ATA members are aligned with the CEIV Live Animal Program requirements. Both organizations will also collaborate to improve the handling and transport of animals worldwide and ensure access to adequate training for all stakeholders involved.

    Filip Vande Cappelle, president of ATA explains: “Information, education and training of people involved in animal shipping is an absolute requirement. To secure the highest possible welfare of animals in transport, one needs high standards all along the logistic chain. Thanks to IATA these standards are available and, rather than re-inventing the wheel, ATA has chosen to collaborate with IATA to get these standards implemented as widely as possible amongst our Members through encouraging adoption of CEIV Live Animals.”

    ATA is also encouraging its members to create CEIV Certified communities. Filip clarifies: “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”.

    “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 achieve excellence in the transport of live animals” said Glyn Hughes IATA’s Global Head, Cargo.   

    Notes to Editors

    CEIV Live Animals

    For more info of CEIV Live Animals:

    About ATA

    The Animal Transportation Association is a non-profit international trade association dedicated to promoting her members and providing access to necessary resources and education for the safe and humane handling and transport of all animals worldwide.  ATA was founded in 1976 by a former USDA Officer and three different USDA Departments as they thought there was a lack of information, education and regulation in the live animal shipping industry.  Members of ATA include airlines; airports; handlers; shippers; freight forwarders; exporters; government authorities and academic & research organizations who are all involved in the sector of live animal transport, whether by air, road or sea.

    ATA provides an important opportunity for individuals, businesses, organizations and groups involved in any phase of animal transportation to become part of an international effort to find solutions to a variety of problems related to the transport of animals. At the same time, members are linked to information, resources, contacts, and key developments in the field that can help them provide better services and conditions for animals in transit. ATA provides a means for making research needs known, encouraging research, and disseminating findings. The organization further encourages uniform and effective international regulations and humane handling of live animals.

    For more information on ATA can be found on their website:

    About IATA

    IATA (International Air Transport Association) represents some 290 airlines comprising 82% of global air traffic.

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  • 09 Jul 2019 3:45 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Your attention required to comment on proposed regulations with impact

    over entry of live animals into the EU

    The EU commission is proposing new regulations to address entry of live animals, including germplasm into EU countries, from countries outside the EU. Some of these proposed requirements have implications to their transportation via any means. Memberships are highly encouraged to review and submit comments following the link below.

    As examples of points of interest, here are a few which ATA intends to submit comments on; however, these pertain to day-old chicks and hatching eggs of chickens and are therefore not inclusive of other species. It is therefore of outmost importance that ATA membership take the time to review the proposed regulation and submit comments and concerns either individually or through ATA. It is also highly important to notice that the deadline is fast approaching for the submission of comments as July 12th


    Delegated regulation: Animal health requirements for the entry into the Union of animals, products of animal origin and germinal products. Deadline for comment submission: July 12th, 2019



    Annexes - Residency period – members are urged to check at least the residency requirements for flocks of origin in the country of origin before entry into the EU set out in Annex 22 (page 57 of the annex document), also set out in Annex III page 6. Some of these residency periods may affect some exporters but I believe primary breeders are not going to be affected by the minimum residencies therein proposed. 

    Article 38 2 (c ) – Request clarification as to whether it is country level or zone level what would be under restriction to exporting hatch eggs for 3 months from C&D and surveillance programme from the affected zone? If regionalization is an option, then the restriction would be understandably constrained to a zone rather than the whole country. For the case of US, USDA has mutual recognition agreements with the EU Commission for regionalization. What about other countries like Canada?

    Article 101 – transport by vessel of HEs – consignment must be accompanied by a declaration signed by the master of vessel at the port of arrival on the day of arrival. This seems a rather onerous requirement. What is the contribution to the benefit of the consignment from such a requirement? Normal paperwork trail would allow to keep track of arrival times and dates and thus there is no need to add onerous steps to a process already cumbersome. 

  • 28 Jun 2019 3:36 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Please welcome the following NEW members to the ATA Community!

    These members are dedicated as you are to the promoting, providing and educating for the safe and humane handling and transport of all animals worldwide. 

    AirBridge Cargo Airlines

    Airpets Limited

    Aviagen EPI

    Baylor College of Medicine

    Centurion World Logistics LLC

    Dynamic Int'l Transportation, Trade and Consultancy Co., LTD.

    GestBEAu Inc.

    N.A. Nissen Spedition and Transport ApS

    PETWORK Travel

    Sky Partner Logistics

    The Puzzle Path

    W. Sleegers Int. Veetransport BV

    Validated Delivery Solutions LLC

    Virgin Atlantic Airlines 

  • 06 Jun 2019 8:00 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)


    Dear colleague,

    Please note, this information is embargoed until tomorrow, Thursday 6 June.

    Earlier this year we were speaking to you about the future of pet travel after the UK leaves the EU.

    On Thursday we will relaunch our EU Exit pet travel communications campaign, reminding pet owners and businesses to revisit our official advice [] on how to prepare for travelling with pets between the UK and the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

    This is because pet owners planning to travel on or immediately after 31 October 2019 would need to contact their vet at least four months in advance of their travel date in order to prepare for all scenarios. Therefore, those wishing to travel to the EU on 1 November 2019 would need to visit their vet by the end of June at the latest.

    Ahead of the launch of our customer-facing campaign, we would like to share our plans for the upcoming communications activity and recap on the health and documentation regulations that may occur if the UK leaves and becomes an unlisted third country under the Pet Travel Scheme.

    Pet Travel after EU Exit: How to Prepare
    As our guidance details, if the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019 with no agreement in place, pet owners would need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel.

    Until the UK leaves the EU, pets can continue to travel to the EU under the current pet travel rules using the current EU pet passport.

    Pet Travel EU Exit Communications Relaunch
    Our campaign is targeted through media, social media and stakeholder engagement, such as this, and we would greatly appreciate your ongoing support in helping us share this information with your customers in order to ensure they are fully prepared for when the UK leaves the EU.

    To help us amplify these messages, I am including this Dropbox Showcase: so that you can access relevant digital assets, including an animation, social media statics, a poster and flyer as well as recommended social media posts and hashtags. This link will open in recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Please feel free to use these through your own channels to reach pet owners. We would also welcome any retweets or sharing of our content on social media. We’ve also included our embargoed press notice that will be going our tomorrow morning.


    Press release


  • 05 Jun 2019 2:05 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    June 3 issue

  • 20 May 2019 10:50 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Amendment to Part XII: Transport of Animals: Health of Animals Regulations

    Webinar summary: The reasons, the methodology and the response to the new federal animal transport regulations.

    Thursday, June 13th

    1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT (NY)

    Registration link

    Speaker: Michelle Groleau (CFIA/ACIA)

    Questions? You may submit questions prior to the webinar by sending to with the subject: ATA webinar

  • 09 May 2019 1:29 PM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Effective date: May 10, 2019

    RE: Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt

    Dear Airline Station Manager or Carrier Representative:

    This letter is to notify you that CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of all dogs from Egypt. Please share this letter and our contact information with your airline’s policy and procedures unit. On May 10, 2019, CDC published a notice of this suspension in the Federal Register (

    Egypt-dogs-temp-suspension.html). This is in addition to (does not replace) the CDC carrier letter dated December 6, 2018, RE: Compliance with CDC’s Dog Importation Regulations.

    Effective immediately, CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from Egypt. This includes dogs originating in Egypt trying to be imported to the United States via third-party countries where dogs have lived for less than 6 months.

    CDC is taking this action in response to three imported cases of rabid dogs from Egypt in 4 years. This action is needed to prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies, which has been eliminated from the United States since 2007.

    This suspension will remain in place until appropriate veterinary controls to prevent the export of rabid dogs have been established in Egypt. At that time, CDC will coordinate with other federal agencies and entities to reverse the suspension and will inform you of the updated protocol for dogs entering the United States from Egypt.

    Airlines deny boarding: In keeping with current practice, CDC recommends airlines deny boarding to any dogs that appear sick. Airline staff should verify the dog’s country of origin. At this time, CDC also advises against boarding any dogs from

    • Egypt, OR from
    • Third-party countries if the dogs originated in Egypt and lived in the third-party country for less than 6 months, OR from
    • High-risk countries without a valid rabies vaccination certificate.

    This applies whether dogs are hand-carried, checked in as passenger baggage, or transported as cargo on flights to the United States.

    Rare occurrences: On an extremely limited basis, CDC may grant advance written approvals permitting the importation of a dog from Egypt. CDC will give the importer/owner three documents: 1) permit, 2) email granting approval, and 3) CDC Quarantine Station contact information. The carrier should request these three items. If the importer/owner does not have these three pieces of information, do not board the dog, and have the importer/owner contact CDC.

    Responsibility: If the dog is denied entry upon arrival to the United States, the importer/owner is responsible for all costs related to the dog’s care, evaluation, or return to country of origin. If the importer/owner abandons the dog, the airline becomes financially responsible for the dog.

    If you have any questions about this letter or CDC’s importation regulations, please contact us at or call your regional CDC Quarantine Station (found at


    Clive Brown, MBBS, MPH, MSc, DTM&H

    Chief, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch

    Division of Global Migration and Quarantine

    National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • 07 May 2019 10:54 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)
  • 17 Apr 2019 11:02 AM | Robin Turner (Administrator)

    Greetings all!

    I hope every single one of you had a positive outcome from our 45th annual conference! As you know, we had record attendance, with a considerable increase over the past few conferences. This is good news for the association of course, while at the same time, it sets a precedent and a new bar to our board of directors to continue to work for the benefit of the community that ATA represents.

    Please let us know your thoughts – both good and bad -- on what you saw at the congress held in Budapest last week. This feedback is highly important!

    As the president elect this year, the weight of what that represents didn’t sink in until Wednesday morning on my way to the airport, heading back home to northwest Arkansas, U.S. I had separate conversations with Kelly (treasurer and former president) and Filip (president), both long-time members of ATA and its board of directors. They both made me realize the great responsibility that having to lead this association carries.

    During the ride back to the airport, immersed in my own thoughts, I came to realize that Budapest is such a multicultural city. The music playing on the cab driver’s car stereo was an old, yet traditional Mexican song, sung by the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. For those younger members of ATA, you may be a little more familiar with Julio’s son, Enrique Iglesias.

    I mentioned that to the cab driver and he knew very well both the song and the singer. The next song was by Andrea Bocelli, singing in Italian. Neither the composers nor the singers were Hungarian, and yet, my Hungarian driver loved that music! The universal presence and influence of music are what prompted me to reflect on my previous conversations with Kelly, Filip and ATA’s membership, in the sense that ATA is a network of individuals who connect multiple nationalities, pretty much encompassing all continents. That “borderless” concept is something natural, and our board of directors, consciously or not, has always been able to bring us together year after year. And yet, this ubiquity of ATA membership needs to remain and even increase for an even more balanced sense of multiculturalism. And the best way to achieve this diversity of ideas is by keeping the board of directors informed with your feedback.

    So again, please let us know your likes and desires for the next congress in Abu Dhabi as soon as possible! Your feedback is highly valuable to the programs our board of directors puts together every year, and Abu Dhabi is no exception.

    We look forward to continuing to work for the benefit of our customers: the animals that require safe transportation – meeting their needs, from emotional support and service (pets), medical (laboratory), food production (livestock), and of course the horses (for whatever they do for us ;)). As the proverb goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and ATA has demonstrated its inner strength thanks to each one of its members who voice their feedback to the board of directors to find new directions and opportunities for continuous improvement. Let’s keep it that way!

    Thank you,

    Alberto Torres, ATA President-Elect

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