Air Canada Becomes the First Airline to Receive Re-certification for the Safe Transport of Live Animals
Air Canada has become the first airline to be re-certified by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) for the safe transport of live animals by Air Canada Cargo. Following the successful conclusion of the verification procedure, IATA granted Air Canada Cargo the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) recertification.
“Being the first airline to receive re-certification keeps Air Canada Cargo at the forefront of the industry, and we are honoured to be recognised for our efforts in upholding the strictest international standards for the international transportation of all live animals. Thousands of difficult shipments, including rescued canines, endangered animals sent as part of conservation initiatives, and, of course, household pets, are handled by us expertly and safely every year. The devoted staff at Air Canada Cargo who handle animals have received specialised training, and I commend them for their commitment to treating every animal as precious cargo while under our care, “said Jason Berry, Air Canada’s vice president of cargo.
In 2018, Air Canada became the first airline to be awarded the CEIV Live Animals certification. This certification is a global standard that aims to enhance and reinforce the care and safety of animals flying on planes.
IATA experts carried out a detailed assessment as part of the recertification procedure, reviewing the live animal transport rules and practises of Air Canada Cargo. Compliance with protocols including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) were also thoroughly examined (CITES).