Recap 2018 IPATA Conference
Melbourne, Australia

IPATA 2018 Group Photo Melbourne Australia International Pet And Animal Transportation Association members from all over the globe met in Melbourne Australia September 2018 to network and discuss pet shipping issues such as the following:

  • Communication and best global business practices
  • Animal Imports into Aotearoa and Australia
  • AVI Handling at Melbourne Airport
  • Compliance with GDPR
  • The Future of Travel, People and Pets
  • IATA's New CEIV Live Animal Program
  • Airline services
  • Importation of Psittacine Birds into Australia
  • Shipping Exotics / Wildlife

Pet Shipping Professionals Who Attended Melbourne at the IPATA Conference:

131 Companies, 201 Attendees, 35 Countries

Regional Meeting

Valuable Networking Opportunities

Many of the conference attendees met one-on-one with industry leaders including: American Airlines Cargo, Coppersmith Global Logistics, Delta Cargo, Emirates SkyCargo, IAG Cargo / British Airways, IPATA Board Members, MyNewPet, Ministry for Primary Industries New Zealand, United PetSafe, and Virgin Atlantic Cargo.

Group ActivitiesWild Side

Saturday we visited the historic West Beach Bather's Pavilion for a group dinner on St. Kilda's Beach. An enjoyable evening for all who attended! Thank you to American Airlines for hosting the cocktail hour before dinner.

Many of us also toured the new Mickelham Quarantine Station with DAFF. It was good to learn the in's and out's of this wonderful facility.

Thank you to Pet Express Transport Services (PETS) for bringing us "All Things Wild: The Zoo Comes to You" with Chris Humfrey! We had a fun hands on zoo experience including koala, joey kangaroos, echidna, dingo, sugar gliding possum, endangered mountain pygmy possum, fairy penguin, gray headed flying fox, behemoth python snakes, salt water crocodiles, eye-licking leaf-tailed geckos, fresh water turtle, tree goanna, colorful parrots, endangered owl species, laughing kookaburras and more!

Red Carpet Pictures

Gala Event

Always one of the highlights of the conference complete with cocktails, red carpet photos, dinner, awards ceremony and dancing.

Digital Program

A BIG thank you to all the sponsors who supported us this year. We couldn't have done it with out yoIPATA 2018 International Conference Programu!

View the digital version of the program used during this memorable conference!