Live animal transport is a complex, high-touch process involving everyone from the shipper to freight forwarders to airline staff, including the handlers. Inappropriate container use or misunderstanding carrier or government regulations can have catastrophic consequences.

The LAR has all the information you need to make sure your live animal shipments are handled and transported in the most expedient and humane manner and at their destination in good health, whether it’s a pet, day-old chicks, racehorses or something a little more exotic.

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What’s inside the LAR?

The LAR covers animal transport of all kinds and contains comprehensive information about the requirements for protected and endangered species as lab animals, livestock and domestic animals.

  • Applicability (shipper and carrier responsibilities, training, combatting illegal trade)
  • Government regulations (general and variations by country)
  • Carrier regulations (general, variations by carrier, airline contact information and AVI services)
  • Reservations and advance arrangements (schedules, routing, interline advance, delivery, accompanying persons)
  • Animal behaviour (general, disturbance, segregation, sedation, euthanasia, in-flight environment)
  • Listing, description and species size (taxonomy, alphabetical list, description and size)
  • Documentation (shipper’s certification, waybill, captain notification, CITES documents, other documents, live animal acceptance checklist)
  • Container requirements (general, stocking density, marking, labelling)
  • Handling (animal acceptance, ground handling, loading, feeding and watering, captain’s advice, health and hygiene, OIE recommendations)
  • CITES (general, documentation, list of states, management authorities by country, Article XI, combatting illegal trade)
  • Life science logistics for lab animals (health status, animal type and number, species and container considerations)

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Stay up-to-date

IATA Special Cargo Publications 2022 Erratum


In the 48th edition, the most significant changes include:

  • A complete rewrite of Container Requirement 1 was undertaken to provide a clear standard for the minimum requirements for air shipment of domestic dogs and cats and alignment with section 8.3 General Requirements.
  • An "In-Cabin Live Animal Checklist" has been developed by the LAPB to assist supply chain stakeholders with the acceptance of live animals in the cabin (Section 7.6.2)
  • Two new container requirements have been incorporated into the IATA LAR, notably CR68 which is specific to beneficial mites, beneficial insects and beneficial nematodes (and immature stages of the latter), as well as CR73A which is specific to giraffes
  • The entire listing of species (under both 6.2.1 and 6.2.2) has been revised to ensure appropriate classification

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