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Animal safety and welfare: our priority

Animal transportation by air is considered to be the most humane and expedient method of transportation over long distances. However, it doesn't come without its challenges which are due to the very specific requirements that supply chain stakeholders need to abide by to ensure animal safety and welfare while being transported by air.

The industry has voiced concerns over non-compliance with handling and transport practices, along with the need to reinforce training requirements and create visibility for best players who adhere to regulations. Not following requirements can lead to consequences such as additional stress, injury and even death of animals.

Driven by industry standards, the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for Live Animals Logistics establishes baseline standards to improve the level of competency, infrastructure and quality management in the handling and transportation of live animals throughout the supply chain.

Organizations that undergo training, an assessment and validation requirements are granted a certificate issued by IATA and are listed in a registry on the IATA webpage upon successful completion and compliance with the program standards.

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Learn more about the benefits of the CEIV Live Animals Program:

Key Benefits

  • Improve animal welfare and safety through appropriate quality and risk management
  • Enhance standardization and professionalism in the handling and transportation of live animals in a multimodal environment 
  • Enforce compliance with the Live Animal Regulations (LAR)
  • Elevate staff competency through efficient and robust training programs
  • Enable increased collaboration amongst stakeholders and certified trade lanes

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The process to achieve CEIV Live Animal certification and to maintain it includes the following 6 parts:

1: Planning

Setup a project organization team. Within the team define the scope of work, accountabilities, and deliverables, and communication plan.

2: Training

Follow the Live Animals Cargo Logistics Management training destined for personnel involved in the handling and transport of live animals and working for airlines, ground handling, freight forwarding and animal shipping companies.

3: Assessment

Carry out an assessment of the handling and transport of live animals against the dedicated CEIV Live Animals Logistics audit checklist to ensure compliance with existing standards, requirements and the Live Animals Regulations (LAR).

4: Validation

Conduct a final validation to verify the findings and the gap analysis made during the assessment have been addressed to ensure that the organization meets the program's objectives.

5: Certification

Being recognized and registered as a “Center of Excellence for Live Animals Logistics” after successful completion of the training and validation parts. The certificate is valid for 36 months.

6: Re-certification

It includes a refresher training and a re-validation to check and ensure continued compliance with the program's objectives.

The CEIV Live Animals program is based on the IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR), international and national standards and requirements.

IATA is working closely with Governments and International Organizations to develop the standards that built a global industry:

CEIV Trade Lane Certification

A CEIV trade lane is a general classification of any transport-related activities between two defined countries. A trade lane is CEIV Pharma/Live Animals/Fresh certified if the origin and destination is being linked by CEIV certified transport companies (such as an airline, ground handler, freight forwarder or a trucking company), throughout each stage of the journey from origin to destination (i.e. at no point is the shipment handled or transferred to a non-CEIV certified entity or a subcontracted entity not under the strict SLAs established under the CEIV certification process).

It is also important to note that a company, such as an airline, is not CEIV certified for its network (including all online stations) unless all their stations went through the certification and/or Ground Service Providers have obtained CEIV Certification.


Certified companies

The list of all certified companies are available in IATA ONE Source


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