Transportation of animals

Current legislature

Live animals are accepted for transportation on Airline flights if they correspond to:

  1. The current veterinary legislation of the Russian Federation, the EU, the USA and the legislation of the countries of import, export, transit or transfer; and relevant authorities regarding the air transportation of goods (requirements of the sender and carriers);
  2. Convention “On the international trade of endangered species, wildlife and flora (hereinafter CITES)”;
  3. IATA Live Animal Guide;
  4. Airline Standards and Procedures.

Note. The general requirements of countries regarding the transit, import and export of live animals are described in the TACT Rules Manual.

Staff training

Training of personnel involved in the acceptance and processing of live animals must be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the IATA Live Animals Training Program, in accordance with the developed and updated U6 rules and standards, approved by local authorities (if any) and be available for review.

Personnel handling and accepting goods with live animals must undergo initial training in a sufficient volume to comply with all requirements of the Rules and Standards U6 in everyday use. Training for live animals should be in the form approved by IATA.

All employees must be retrained every 3 years. Employees are required to take courses anew, in case of significant changes in the Rules and / or standards of the Airline.

The carrier or an authorized airline agent should designate a responsible officer to oversee the implementation of training and maintenance of qualifications.

Airports of the Russian Federation

Personnel handling and accepting goods with live animals must undergo initial training and strictly adhere to applicable laws, regulations, standards and procedures related to the processing and transportation of live animals.

Language use

English should be used in addition to the Russian language in all transport documents, also on labeling and individual packaging, outer packaging and freight containers. When transporting animals across the territory of the Russian Federation, only the Russian language is allowed.

Responsibility of the shipper and the Carrier

The consignor (or his agent) is responsible for:

  1. concluding a preliminary agreement in close collaboration with U6.
  2. provision of an accurate and correctly completed shipper declaration containing the Shipper Certificate for live animals (hereinafter the Certificate) - especially: animal classification, origin, CITES protection categories, general condition and additional documents in accordance with the Rules, veterinary requirements and U6 Standards;
  3. placing animals in a suitable and whole container (hereinafter referred to as the Container) in accordance with the Rules, veterinary requirements and U6 Standards (he / she is obliged to take measures for the placement and feeding of the animal);
  4. placing the animal in a place safe for health (suitable for transportation) and informing the carrier about special requirements for the transportation period - Feeding Instructions, sedatives, etc., provide for a feed supply in case of an unforeseen delay in the flight route;
  5. Inform the air carrier if it is necessary to accompany the animals during transportation and provide an escort. Accompanying persons are responsible for the safety of animals, care for them and feeding along the way, ensure the safety of others;
  6. notify the recipient of the timing of the arrival of the goods. Notification is made after the goods have been confirmed for dispatch, any change should be additionally reported.

Carrier (GHA) is responsible for:

  1. preliminary cargo check using the Checklist;
  2. cargo clearance in accordance with the Certificate and other instructions, as well as providing the best living conditions for animals during transportation.

The carrier or its authorized agent shall not be liable for losses, damages or expenses incurred when:

  1. the death of the animal due to natural causes or the inability of the animal to withstand the conditions (changes) inherent in transportation;
  2. the state of health, the characteristics or properties of the animal (its resistance to cold, infection, etc.);
  3. death or injury of an animal caused by his own behavior or other animals such as: bites, bumps, cuts or strangulation;
  4. defects in container packaging (container defects).

Animal classification

The Rules contain a list of live animals, scientific name, common name, packaging requirement and CITES restrictions (if applicable).


Scientific name Common name Kind of animal Container requirements CITES restriction
Geochelone yniphora Madagascar tortoise R 43 I