Kerry Logistics arranges first class travel for sea lions from UK to China
Sep 9, 2019: Hong-Kong based Kerry Logistics has transported two sealions from the United Kingdom to their new home in Hainan Ocean Paradise theme park, Sanya, Hainan Island, China.
Merlin, from Brightlingsea, Essex, UK, and Reggie, from Flamingo Land, Malton, North Yorkshire, UK, were transported to London Heathrow via dedicated, temperature-controlled vehicles, after the appropriate and mandatory veterinary and quarantine controls.
To ensure a swift transshipment, Kerry Logistics teamed up with Hainan based Kerry EAS Logistics.
This helped the pescatarians to settle into their new home within two hours of landing.
David Mallinson, general manager - UK Air Division, Kerry said: “Transhipment via any other European or Chinese airports was not in the animal’s interest, so we opted for a direct service, and the choice of aircraft (Airbus A330 – 200) that gave the guarantee of the hold temperature being regulated between two and eight degrees centigrade.”
The veterinary process was orchestrated within 48 hours of flight departure, as defined by the very strict regulations that surround quarantined conditions.
After customs clearance the animals were sent directly to the aircraft side and loaded for a flight of 11 hours and 40 minutes.
“Prior to shipment, Kerry Logistics were instrumental in ensuring that all documentation was in good order.
“This included ensuring all of the documentation was correct; Quarantine Certificates, European Health Certificates, Certificates of Origin, Live Animal Packing Declaration and Import Permit for China.”
Neither Merlin nor Reggie were available for comment.