The FINANCIAL -- MONTREAL, Aug. 9, 2018 - Air Canada Cargo has become the airline to receive a new global certification for the safe transport of live animals.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) awarded Air Canada Cargo with the Center of Excellence for Independent Validators for Live Animals Logistics (CEIV Live Animals) Certification following successful completion of the verification process in its Montreal facility. This certification reinforces that Air Canada Cargo is operating to the highest standards in the transport of live animals, be it exotic species or household pets, according to AirCanada.
IATA launched the new standardized global certification program to improve and reinforce the safety and welfare of animals travelling by air earlier this year. Air Canada Cargo was chosen to undergo a pilot for the program.
Over several months from January to July, as part of a thorough audit, IATA's specialists reviewed Air Canada Cargo's live animal transport policies and procedures in its Montreal facility. Compliance with Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) was fully reviewed as was compliance with protocols like the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).