Transporting animals is always a difficult moment for the pets and the owners. DocShipper is here to answer your questions and help you to do this in security and serenity.
Pet shipping is a very standardized and highly legislated form of transportation. We will provide you a dedicated proposal.
Methods of transportation for pet
Most of the shipping is done by air freight under the International Air Transport Association standards (IATA). Your pets will have to travel in its kennel of different size depending on your pets’ size and morphology. The main requirements are that it must be able to turn around itself and been able to stand erect in the kennel and lie down with ease. The shipping container can be in plastic or woods depending on local authorities’ policy. The kennel must also contain an empty water container that will be filled during its transportation by the airport and flight staff to keep the pets hydrated during its journey. It is also authorized and advised to provide the pets with a familiar toy and a blanket for them to feel comfortable and remain calm during the flight.
Your pet will travel in a pressurized, heated, and ventilated cargo hold inside the aircraft, located just below the passenger compartments. Tie-down straps secure your pet's flight kennel to the cargo deck. Airlines accept pets as accompanied baggage or as unaccompanied air cargo. They impose embargoes and suspensions based on ambient ground temperatures at origin, transfer or destination airports.
Type of animals
Over 70% of the pets transported are dogs and cats, but most of the house and domesticated animals are allowed:
- Small pets
Note that there are some races of animals that are banned to travel. For example, some dog breeds are forbidden in many countries due to their violent or aggressive behavior. Endangered species are also banned from travelling. You must make sure that your pets are compliant with the international travel rules. We can of course assist you in the process. Please be aware the tropical species in most cases are banned by airlines companies for security reason.
Main requirements and documentation needed
Find below the main requirements that are necessary to provide us to ensure the successful start the journey of your pets:
- Certified True Copies of Owner’s Passport, Visa, (Owner must include a statement on his/her passport copy “this is to certify true copy” and sign with his/her name beside it)
- Copies of up-to-date yearly vaccination certificates including Rabies and FVRCP must be more than 21 days prior to departure and less than 1 year. These vaccines list can vary depending on the countries and local legislation and the type of pets.
- Micro-chip certificate.
- Photo of the pet
- Daft AWB
- Health Certificate (When available)
- Full Address and contact number of the owner
Note that this list of requirements will vary depending on the departure country and the arrival country.
An important factor to consider is to make sure that the mandatory quarantine is respected when applicable. Some countries are stricter on their pet importation policy. We can guide you through the local legislations. Note that your pets will be taken care of by professional staff during that time and it is well recognized that the pets are not traumatized by this experience.
To ensure that the transportation is not traumatizing for your pets. There are a few tips and advises that we can give you:
- Make sure that your pets are familiar with their kennels and feeling comfortable inside it.
- Reduce the food intake prior to the flight to make sure that the pets are not in too much need during the transportation. This will also help your pets to remain in a clean environment.
- Provide them with a blanket or piece of clothing in the kennel that have a familiar scent to reassure them during the flight.
We have a trustee network of professionals around the world to help us to secure a safe and stress-free journey for your pets.
FAQ | Moving services for pet
My pet never travelled long distance before. What is require from me?
Airlines have all different requirements and specific rules. We are here to take care of the process and detailed all the steps.
How much will it cost?
We are providing a tailored service depending on your needs. Once you will fill our online form and sent us all the basic information regarding the operation, a dedicated member of the team will be in touch and provide you with a proposal. We can accept online payment and bank transfer.
Do I need to give to give medication to my pet to reduce its stress during transportation?
It is not recommended to provide any form of medication to your pet. Veterinarians do not recommend it since medication often needs supervision in order ensure that your pet is supporting the treatment.
Will my pet suffer for the temperature variation during the shipping process?
Your pet will be situated in areas of the airport and planes where the temperature is room controlled to ensure their safety and their health condition. This is a valid answer for all the destination and airline companies that are providing this kind of services.
Will my pet be feed and taking care of?
Your pet will not be feed by the staff for security and potential special needs that they cannot be aware of. But note that the pets are given water and are being taking care of by specialized ground staff and the airline crews are well aware and trained on handling your pet’s needs.
How to get a moving services quote?
The procedure is not complicated, it is even extremely easy! All you have to do is go to the contact page and fill out our online form. Subsequently, a DocShipper consultant will contact you within 24 hours to define with you the needs and offer you a personalized quote. There you have our offer!