General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for several costs to transport your pet by air to the named destination airport. If you’re delivering your pet to our premises near Heathrow it must arrive at least five hours prior to the flight. Collections from you (if required) is likely to be by arrangement, usually on the day before departure.
There will 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 behalf, so these charges aren’t included in the quote (but we will advise you of this).
Prices are influenced by the size/weight of the animal(s) to be exported, any additional services (such as UK transportation, kenneling, and veterinary certification), flight time and the destination. In the case of dogs, the box size provided is based on the measurements given to us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must certanly be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the proper size for them i.e. they must be large enough for your pet to stand up without touching the the surface of the box, lay down comfortably and manage to turn round within the box. There must be a fixed water container inside the container with a way of filling it from the outside (funnel).
Should you need to utilise our services we would need to have written confirmation with payment when possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will also require a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline will have to ring beforehand to ensure acceptance).
Maybe you are in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which would mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This is sometimes a cheaper option (please remember that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for instance standby status with regards to 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 could offer the cargo option along with other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With information on the measurements of the animal(s) we could build transit kennels to fit. Kennels may be either acquired from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide with your register time or be brought to your home.
Regardless of the mode of travel, pets will go in to the cargo your hands on the aircraft. This really is heated and pressurised to exactly the same extent whilst the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered in their mind 4 hours before the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within around 30 minutes of the plane landing. When the documents can be found the animals can be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals can be collected and taken home.
The Pet Travel Scheme (PETS)
PETS is made to halt the spread of rabies and other diseases while still allowing pets to travel.
Northern Ireland has been without any rabies for many years, in several other countries there is still a threat of the condition to mammals. The biggest risk for rabies entering here would be through an infected animal smuggled in illegally.
All rabies-susceptible animals entering the UK are normally required to invest four months in quarantine, unless they arrive under and meet most of the conditions of PETS.
All pet dogs (including assistance dogs), cats and ferrets can enter or re-enter the UK without quarantine under PETS provided they meet the rules of the scheme, which differ with respect to the country the pet is travelling from.
They could then manage to get early release if they can be shown to meet the mandatory pet travel requirements.
Countries participating in PETS include most areas of Europe and many non-European destinations.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must be microchipped just before international travel, so ensuring this is completed will always be the first faltering step in preparing your pets for travel. One other veterinary requirements vary immensely between every country, so please check the relevant page on our website or contact us for more in-depth information.
Most owners are very anxious about sending their pets on a flight, and this is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly annually throughout the world and the risks of airline travel for them are a similar as a human of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles that may be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur when the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which are required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be permitted to depart from any UK Airport in a unsuitable travel kennel or in ill health.
Pets shouldn’t travel to arrive at any destination over a week-end or Bank Holiday because at most of the airports abroad there are no cargo handling arrangements during these days and/or Customs clearance where applicable. If they are allowed to arrive at weekends it usually incurs an additional fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always far better send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to this so please contact our office to learn more if that is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they’re only given water that’s safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you’re in any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals won’t have the natural immunity of native pets in your new country, so it’s imperative they are very well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the risk of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that all their routine vaccinations are updated because it is prudent to offer them the maximum amount of disease immunity as possible.
Pets tend to be more adaptable than they are often given credit for, and with some common-sense precautions regarding changes in climate, natural dangers, standard of veterinary care and relevant laws in your new country, there’s no reason pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
Taking your pet on your flight
Pets can travel on most scheduled flights from Heathrow and Gatwick to nearly every the main world so typically, your pet should manage to travel on a single flight as yourself if this really is what you would like. All the ‘low-cost’airlines do not carry pets however, and you will find few points that should be thought about with this type of pet shipment.
Firstly, pets arrive in to the cargo or freight element of the airport, not the passenger terminal and you can’t maintain two places simultaneously! If you’re organized attending to your own customs and visa formalities, your pet might be left awaiting longer than necessary to be collected and released from their travel kennel.
Also, it’s worth bearing in your mind that most airports need you to take your pets travel kennel away with you. In the event of large or multiple pets, the travel kennel/s may prove very hard to transport, particularly if you have all your own personal luggage to manage too.
Lastly, you will not have any use of your pet from the time they’re checked in at the departure airport until you collect them at the destination airport, and for a few countries such as for example Australia and New Zealand where quarantine on landing is applicable, you will not be able to see your pets before they’re taken to their quarantine accommodation.
If you’ve considered these points and still want your pet to visit on a single flight as yourself, we’ll work together with you to accommodate this whenever possible.
We are happy to meet up clients that are travelling for a passing fancy aircraft as their pets at the London airports on the day of shipment. We’d require seeing copies every one of Veterinary paperwork to be certain they’re suitable for travel and whilst we shall always ask you to test and check how big is your pet and travel kennel in advance, we unfortunately cannot accept any responsibility for last-minute delays or problems occurred on the day of travel with this kind of shipment. The single most common reason for these eleventh hour problems at the airport may be the measurements being incorrect and the travel kennel being refused as too small for the dog. With the years of experience we’ve with such issues, we will sometimes ask you often if you are sure concerning the size as a wriggly dog is nearly easy to measure and we can usually tell if the measurements don’t sound right for the breed of dog.
Many pets which have previously travelled into the UK in a specific size kennel might not have the ability to travel back out in the same kennel as a result of stringent rules applied when leaving the UK. Heathrow and Gatwick airports are amongst the strictest on the planet for animal welfare, and so the message listed here is that if you are unsure please say so even as we can then make contingency plans for if the kennel is not really a good enough fit.
IATA Approved Flight Kennels
All dogs shipped by air must be housed in a IATA approved kennel that is suited to how big is the dog being transported. Food and water must also be within the kennel for long journeys and some airlines do exercise any dogs being shipped in the hold on tight significant stop-overs but for security reasons, this isn’t something which you (if you are travelling on a single aircraft) would be allowed to complete yourself.