The International Air Transport Association and the Animal Transport Association have joined forces to encourage industry adoption of the Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals).

This was formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between IATA and ATA at ATA’s 49th Annual Conference that was held in Budapest.

Handling and transporting live animals is a challenge to the airfreight sector. Ensuring that standards and best practices are in place around the world to protect the welfare of these animals when they travel by air is a key priority for IATA and ATA. CEIV Live Animals aims to be a standardised global certification programme specifically 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 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.