Public Urged to Use Professionals When Shipping Pets Internationally
Hawkins, Texas – November 24, 2015 – Last week, Delta Cargo announced it will only accept international pet shipments from International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) members. They also announced that as of March 1, 2016, Delta will no longer accept pets as checked baggage.
The changes with Delta Airlines will increase consistency with the regulations for exporting pets, from proper and compliant crate acceptance to proper and consistent veterinary documentation accompanying the shipment including health certificates. Animals shipped via cargo will be placed in the same area as they would have been under checked baggage.
Benefits of Pet Travel Experts
Members of IPATA, the pet shipping experts™, are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport. Pet shippers are the people who move your pet from point A to point B, work directly with the airlines and who apply their knowledge of flight regulations, flight container requirements, quarantine, boarding, import and export arrangements, health documentation and proper identification. These requirements frequently change, so it is important to work with a professional who is up-to-date with the changes.
"There are a lot of moving parts when it comes to shipping a pet and a professional shipper can take the stress off a pet owner and more importantly, the animal," says Derek Huntington, IPATA President. IPATA members focus on the pet's health and welfare and manage all details including crate suitability and training the animal for its crate; health preparation and documentation; and coordinating all logistics with the airlines. With an IPATA member, your pet is in good hands."Using a pet shipper, especially for international travel, can be invaluable to ensuring documentation is correct and all requirements are being met for the destination country," continues Huntington.
IPATA supports air travel for pets through commercial airlines cargo systems as being the safest, most expedient and humane means of moving animals throughout the United States and around the world. To find a member of the International Pet and Animal Transportation Association, visit www.ipata.org and click on "Find a Pet Shipper".
The International Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA) is a non-profit, worldwide trade association for animal handlers, pet moving providers, kennel operators, veterinarians and others who are dedicated to the care and welfare of pets and animals during transport. The organization was founded in 1979. It began with six founding members and now has more than 350 members in over 80 countries. IPATA serves its members, the pet transport industry, and the public at large. For more information, or to find a professional pet shipper, visit www.ipata.org.
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