General Information About Exporting Pets
Once you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to move your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to the premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) will be by arrangement, usually on the afternoon before departure.
There may however be additional charges payable at the airport of destination to cover costs for such items as airline import handling, customs clearance and veterinary charges. As these fees are payable in country of destination, and we are struggling to pay them on your own behalf, so these charges aren’t within the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Prices are dependent on the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any extra services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In case of dogs, the box size provided is based on the measurements directed at us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for just about any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals should be shipped in containers developed to IATA specifications which are the right size for them i.e. they should be large enough for the pet to remain true without touching the the surface of the box, take a nap comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There should also be a fixed water container within the container with a way of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
In case you wish to utilise our services we will have to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even demand a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will need to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
Maybe you are able to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This may also be a cheaper option (please note that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there may be restrictions such as standby status depending on the airline and the route). However if the animal(s) be an especially large shipment (in Airline terms) or coping with the animal(s) at the same time as the move be particularly difficult then we are able to offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we are able to build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either found from us or delivered to any U.K. Airport to coincide together with your register time or be sent to your home.
Whatever the mode of travel, pets should go into the cargo hold of the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent while the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded into the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered in their mind 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within half an hour of the plane landing. When the documents are available the animals may be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator where point the animals could be collected and taken home.
Transporting your dog to USA
Relocate your pet to USA by having an IPATA registered and approved USA dog shipper such as Airsupply shippping (passportforpets.co.uk). You know your pet relies on you to make the best decisions about their welfare and we follow the strict operating code laid down by IPATA. These rules were created to make sure that your dog isn’t unduly stressed by the travel and they arrive in the US in good condition. However, we’ve been shipping dogs to the USA for over 40 years and we actually exceed IPATA guidelines because we want both happy pets AND owners! Our pet shipping business continues to expand and we could only achieve this through happy customers who recommend our services to others.
The good news about shipping your pet to the USA from a Rabies free country or Rabies controlled Country such as the UK is that there is no quarantine requirement as long as your puppy has been in the UK for 6 months or more. However, your pet will need to have documented evidence of being vaccinated against rabies otherwise this may result in entry delays because you will be asked to sign a Confinement Agreement (this basically says you will get your dog vaccinated and then confine them for a minimum of 30 days after treatment). If you’re importing a puppy that is too young (usually under 6 months of age) to own had the rabies vaccination then you will need a Confinement Agreement, see: USA CDC Dog Confinement Agreements for more details. Whilst the CDC (US authority on pet imports) doesn’t require your puppy to have a certificate of general health MOST AIRLINES DO REQUIRE THIS before they’ll alow your pet to board an aircraft.
Generally, all dogs must be imported or exported through one of many