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12 September 2023

On Demand Webinar: Guidance on the transport of human remains by air

Air transport has grown significantly and provides a globally connected network supporting businesses. At the same time the human population has become much more mobile with a consequential increase in the expatriate populations in many countries. For the next-of-kin this may mean that they wish to repatriate the remains for a funeral in the home country.

The IATA Compassionate Transportation Manual (CTM) includes standards, procedures and recommended practices to assist supply chain partners, freight forwarders, funeral directors and airlines in the transport of human remains.

Watch this webinar recording to:

  • Get an introduction to the existing standards and requirements regarding the compassionate handling and transport of human remains.
  • Learn how the funeral homes consolidates the documents and logistic requirements for international funeral shipping.
  • Hear how an airline uses the CTM Checklist to ensure compliance.

How to stay up to date with the latest information provided in the webinar?


The Compassionate Transportation Manual (CTM) consolidates the requirements for the airline acceptance and transport of human remains for IATA member airlines and lists the international standards for the documentation. This manual contains the guidance needed for funeral operators, airlines and freight forwarders on how to prepare, ship and handle this special cargo.

The latest edition of the CTM is now available featuring significant changes to the state and operator information, as well as to the CTM Checklist. Additionally, new content has been added on sustainability, electronic data exchange programs, and competency-based training requirements.


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