Air, Freight News

IATA and animal transporters to push new CEIV standard

[ July 10, 2019   //   ]

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Animal Transport Association (ATA) have joined forces to encourage industry adoption of Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) standards for live animals logistics.

IATA has already adopted similar CEIV standards for pharmaceuticals and fresh produce.

Under the terms of a memorandum of understanding, ATA will encourage adoption of CEIV Live Animals among its members and 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.
ATA president Filip Vande Cappelle, 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 Vande Cappelle added: “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.”