Ensuring animal welfare during transport, IATA and ATA join forces to implement CEIV Live Animals.

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

This was formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between both organizations in June 2019.

  • Recognizing their common interest in ensuring animal safety and welfare during handling and transportation;
  • Improving professionalism in the industry as well as raising quality services in the industry worldwide;
  • Developing communication mechanisms to promote the CEIV Live Animals program,
  • Providing visibility to CEIV Live Animals Communities.

The aim is to ensure the proper and consistent implementation of the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) standards as they pertain to live animals, As well as to encourage adoption of CEIV Live Animals among ATA’s members, collaborating to improve the handling and transport of animals worldwide and ensure access to adequate training for all stakeholders involved.

New certified freight forwarders for CEIV Live Animals

Biotrans achieved their CEIV Live Animals certification in Boston, MA. As the first freight forwarding company worldwide to be certified, Biotrans has proven commitment to providing industry-leading service in live animal handling to both customers and partners through their adoption of the CEIV Live Animals program.


Photo from left to right: Frederic Leger (IATA), Andrea Gruber (IATA), Sean Harding (Biotrans), Maria Jitomirski (IATA)

Goldenway International Pets & Live Animals achieved their CEIV Live Animals certification in Paris. As the first pet shipping company to obtain the certification, Goldenway has taken the lead in ensuring that animals moving through their facilities in Paris receive the highest quality care and are handled with expertise, professionalism and in accordance with global industry standards.


Photo from left to right: Andrea Gruber (IATA), Charlotte Robe-Hughes (Goldenway International Pets), Colette Robe-Hughes (Goldenway International Pets), Yaniv Sorany (IATA)