IATA certifies Etihad Cargo as a center of excellence for independent validators (CEIV) for live animal logistics


UAE national carrier becomes the first airline in the Middle East and third globally to hold IATA’s trilogy of CEIV Live Animals, CEIV Fresh, and CEIV Pharma certifications

Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of the Etihad Aviation Group, has been awarded IATA’s Centre of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) for Live Animals. The UAE national carrier is the first airline in the Middle East and third globally to hold IATA’s CEIV Live Animals, CEIV Fresh, and CEIV Pharma certifications.

The certification was awarded following an IATA-led assessment of Etihad Cargo’s dedicated LiveAnimals, for animal transportation, and SkyStables, for equine transportation, products, as well as its logistics’ audit checklist to ensure compliance with standards, requirements, and Live Animals Regulations (LAR). 

The IATA certification endorses and accredits Etihad’s expertise for the transportation of live animals, reinforcing its position as the region’s leading international air cargo carrier and reaffirming its commitment to animal welfare. 

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “The transportation of live animals requires specific conditions and the CEIV certification further underlines Etihad Cargo’s experience and commitment to animal welfare and safe transportation. Etihad Cargo is proud to have secured certification for its LiveAnimals and SkyStables products. This recognition further endorses the industry-leading service we provide global customers.”

The key benefits of CEIV Live Animals certification include improving animal welfare and safety through appropriate quality and risk management and enhancing standardization and professionalism in the handling and transportation of live animals in a multimodal environment. The certification also enforces compliance with the IATA LAR, elevating staff competency through efficient and robust training programmes, and enabling increased collaboration among stakeholders and certified trade lanes.

Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo, said: “Handling and transporting live animals is challenging. Each type of animal has its own specific requirements. Achieving CEIV Live Animals certification means Etihad Cargo’s customers can benefit from the extra assurance that their precious cargo is in safe hands. We congratulate the airline on becoming the first in the Middle East to complete the suite of CEIV certifications – Pharma, Fresh and Live Animals.”

Etihad Cargo’s dedicated LiveAnimals and SkyStables products offer tailored solutions for transporting live animals, ranging from horses and household pets to global conservation projects. The carrier ensures the safest treatment of all species entrusted to its care with trained staff to guarantee all implemented processes are in line with global regulatory requirements. Etihad Cargo is also a signatory of the Buckingham Palace Declaration against the illegal trade of wildlife. 

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