IATA, ATA to push for adoption of CEIV Live Animals programme
June 11, 2019: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Animal Transportation Association (ATA) have signed an MoU to encourage the industry to adopt The Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals). The memorandum was signed at ATA’s 45th Annual Conference in Budapest, Hungary.
CEIV Live Animals is a standardised global certification programme designed to ensure that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect the welfare of animals being handled and transported.
Under the terms of the MoU, ATA will encourage adoption of CEIV Live Animals among its members.
Filip Vande Cappelle, president of ATA said, “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 and IATA will continue to work closely to ensure ATA members are aligned with the CEIV Live Animals programme requirements. Both organisations will also collaborate to improve the handling and transport of animals worldwide and ensure access to adequate training for all stakeholders involved.
“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.