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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In the 49th edition, the most significant changes include:

  • Inclusion of new definitions: Aircraft Container; Aircraft Pallet; Aircraft Pallet; Aircraft Unit Load Device (Aircraft ULD; May; Must; Sedatives, Tranquilizers and Psychoactive Drugs; Shall; Should; Slip Resistant Floor
  • New section 8.1.4,1 on Sedation, Tranquilization and use of Psychoactive Drugs.
  • Deletion of container requirement 31 and its guidance incorporated into container requirement 32 with new illustrations developed. Amendments to the general container requirements 31-34 to integrate the revised guidance for container requirements 31 and 32.
  • Amendments to the general container requirements for Aquatics 50-60 and container requirement 59 to align with the provisions set out in the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (DGR).
  • Amendments to Handling Procedures related to best practice for operators when accepting pet animals ahead of scheduled departure time, providing further clarity of general loading procedures and providing further clarity on specific handling procedures for horses.


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