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Animal transport

Our service portfolio includes full animal welfare consultancy services, handling, documentation and supervision of every single animal transport from/to Cologne Bonn Airport according to IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) and European Council Regulation No. 1/2005, Article 17 (2).

At Cologne Bonn Airport we treat animals with the same special care and attention as we give to our passengers. It is our passion taking care of the collection from the aircraft, presenting documentation to our Border Inspection Post and customs clearance requirements, ensuring animals are safely reunited with their owners as quickly as possible. Going the extra mile has earned Cologne Bonn Airport “Skytrax World Airport Awards” and “Air Cargo Excellence Awards” and is why thousands of pet lovers trust us to take the best possible care of their furry friends.

Animals safety and comfort are our top priorities. While air travel can be stressful to passengers, it can be extremely difficult for animals. We are offering a designated shipping solution for live animals, designed to ensure the comfort and safety of all animals.

Our specially trained employees are ensuring safe and professional handling of a wide variety of species and taking care of all animals while under our care:

  •  in accordance to IATA Live Animals Regulations (IATA LAR)
  • including an official certification of competence for drivers and attendants pursuant to Article 17 (2) Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 of 22 December 2004 on the protection of live animals during transport and related operations (incl. amending directives)
  • a certification of Fédération Équestre Nationale (FN)
  • animal rescue Training
  • proofed expertise in handling of dangerous animals

Cologne Bonn Airport’s Border Inspection Post (BIP) is licensed by the European Commission for export clearance of all kind of animals (including e.g. registered equids, cattle, sheep, goats, pigs and poultry) and for import clearance of pets, birds, exotics, lab animals, zoo animals, rodents, venomous and non-venomous reptiles, amphibians and tropical (ornamental) fish and beneficial insects.

As part of the supply chain Cologne Bonn Airport holds the transporter authorization pursuant to Article 11 (1) Council Regulation (EC) No 1/2005 (TYPE 2) for all handling and ground transportation activities. With this special permit we are ensuring legal security for all involved parties.

We understand your business! Individual service, finest planning customized for you including Emergency Response Plans, Disease Control Plans and contingency planning on our customers demand will always ensure the optimal solution for the transport of your animals.

Animals will not be transported to the aircraft until just before departure. Until that time, our trained animal keepers provide individual care and feeding. Our Animal Welfare Advisers are ensuring 24/7 call-on-duty emergency response.

Cologne Bonn Airport maintains very cooperative relationships with all relevant authorities, the operating airlines and their handling agents to ensure smooth operation.

Whether it is a beloved pet or an entire zoo, no matter if pet in cabin, AVI in hold, cargo payload or complete charters, with animal welfare in mind, Cologne Bonn Airport provides the highest level of care to ensure each animal is made to feel at home, when away from home.

To help us make the animals‘ experience with us stress free and safe we will advise you also a set of information and requirements we will need additionally, to enable us to arrange the most seamless transport for the animals and satisfaction of all your requirements for their transport.

Gerit F. Thurm

Leiter Cargo Operations & Services Tiertransportschutzbeauftragter

Animal Welfare Adviser

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