Live animal transport is a complex, high-touch process involving everyone from animal handlers to airline staff to freight forwarders. Getting the labelling or marking wrong, not choosing the right container or misunderstanding government regulations can have catastrophic consequences.

The LAR has all the information you need to make sure the animals arrive 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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English, Spanish and French versions of the LAR are available in digital and print formats.

Find out which format suits your needs best.

If you are new to the LAR, all versions are updated annually. Digital products come with automatic updates for the year and a search function that makes finding current information easy. And, it's cheaper.

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)

Still not sure if the LAR is for you? Download the full table of contents.

Stay up-to-date

The LAR is published every year

In the 46th edition, there are a number of notable changes. Here are a few of the most significant changes:

  • Recurrent training requirements coming into force as of January 1st 2020: training is paramount to the effective implementation of regulations, therefore the 46th edition of the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) mandates recurrent training that must be provided within 36 months of previous training
  • Enhancement on container requirements: providing the industry with specific requirements related to the handling and transport of cats and dogs, horses and day-old chicks
  • Provides new requirements for the overall container requirements: CRs 1, 2, 3, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16, 17, 19, 21, 23, 31-34, 31, 33, 34, 41-47, 41, 57, 78
  • Includes the latest government and carrier requirements, updated documentation requirements, as well as enhanced handling procedures for palletization of larger animal consignments

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Addendums to the 46th LAR

The Addendum 1 is available to download in the following languages:

Live Animals Regulations Training

You can learn more about live animals regulations and best practice in three ways.