General Information About Exporting Pets
When you request a pet export quotation we quote for many 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 a minimum of five hours before the flight. Collections from you (if required) will soon 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 unable to pay them on your behalf, so these charges are not contained in the quote (but we shall advise you of this).
Costs 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 the case of dogs, the box size provided is on the basis of the measurements fond of us. Should these measurements be incorrect we accept no responsibility for any delay or extra costs involved as a result.
Animals must be shipped in containers created to IATA specifications which are the correct size for them i.e. they need to be big enough for the animal to operate without touching the the surface of the box, take a nap comfortably and be able to turn round within the box. There must also be a fixed water container inside the container with a method of filling it from the exterior (funnel).
In case you desire to utilise our services we would have to have written confirmation with payment the moment possible and at the least 28 days beforehand. We will even need a contact Name, Address and Telephone Number in the country of destination (the airline should ring beforehand to confirm acceptance).
You might be in a position to take your pet as excess baggage, which will mean booking direct with passenger reservations. This might be a cheaper option (please observe that some airlines cannot take livestock and that there could be restrictions such as for example standby status with respect 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 because the move be particularly difficult then we can provide the cargo option as well as other services including collection, kenneling and Export Health Certification.
With home elevators the measurements of the animal(s) we can build transit kennels to fit. Kennels can be either acquired from us or sent to any U.K. Airport to coincide along with your check in time or be sent to your home.
Long lasting mode of travel, pets should go to the cargo hold of the aircraft. That is heated and pressurised to the exact same extent since the passenger cabin. The animals are loaded in to the hold approximately 30 minutes before departure (however the airline requires they are delivered to them 4 hours prior to the flight) and are unloaded at another end usually within 30 minutes of the plane landing. After the documents can be found the animals could be cleared through customs. The handling/vet fees are then payable to the Import Shed Operator of which point the animals may be collected and taken home.
Pet Shipping Advice
All pet dogs and cats must certanly be microchipped ahead of international travel, so ensuring this is performed will be the first step in preparing your pets for travel. Another 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 trip, and this is, needless to say, totally understandable. However, 4 million domestic pets fly each year across the world and the risks of airline travel for them are exactly the same as an individual of very same health status. The scare-mongering articles which can be on the internet listing death and injury as common occurrences for air travel almost always occur once the rules for airline travel are flouted, such as for example animals being cramped into inappropriately sized travel kennels and not given the rigorous medical examinations which can be required ahead of airline journeys. The UK has strict welfare regulations governing international pet travel and animals could not be allowed to depart from any UK Airport in an 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’re allowed to reach at weekends it usually incurs one more fees and possible delays in collecting your pet, therefore it is always best to send for a weekday arrival. You can find exceptions to the so please contact our office to learn more if this is something you require.
When taking your pet to a foreign country, please ensure they are only given water that is safe for humans to drink, we’d strongly advise bottled water if you should be in just about any doubt whatsoever. UK born animals will not have the natural immunity of native pets in your country, so it’s imperative they’re quite well protected with broad spectrum parasite treatments, to lessen the danger of serious illnesses transmitting to your pet. It can also be advisable to ensure that all their routine vaccinations are up to date because it’s prudent to give them just as much disease immunity as possible.
Pets are far more adaptable than they’re 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 country, there is no reason pets cannot settle well into your brand-new life abroad together.
Leaving the UK
Taking your pet out of the UK for a holiday or more permanent move can require a good deal of planning and research. By using Airpets you can leave us to do the hard work, letting you concentrate on your own travel arrangements.
Airpets are probably the most experienced pet relocation company in the UK, having completed tens of thousands of professional & safe, pet moves since inception in 1966. Whether you will need assistance with all aspects of your pet relocation, or just advice and support with specific areas, we’re here to simply help and offer these:
Expert assistance with all relevant veterinary & documentation requirements
Reliable, DEFRA licenced assortment of your pet from anywhere in the UK
Booking of the very direct, time efficient flight for your pet
Comprehensive ‘Door-to-door’pet relocation to destinations across the globe
Way to obtain IATA approved sky kennels
Delivery at destination via our worldwide network of established partner agents
Our prime location is important to minimising enough time pets spend within their Sky Kennels, allowing us to exercise each and everyone before its flight & making the journey as short and stress-free as possible.
Boarding & Quarantine
Located only 5 minutes from London’s Heathrow airport, we offer excellent on-site boarding kennels as well as luxury boarding catteries.
Whether your pet is sticking to us whilst you’re away on vacation, just before shipment abroad or in quarantine, they’ll be pampered by our experienced & caring kennel staff. All our staff have undergone our own in-house kennel care and animal well-being training, and have your pets comfort and health as a number one priority.
All dogs are exercised daily in individual runs or within our secure paddock
All kennels have heated passage ways or individual heaters
All pets are fed a well-balanced & nutritious diet
Our vets are in attendance everyday
We also give you a full pet grooming service
There’s no getting around it – taking your pet travelling by air beyond your UK, whether on a quick holiday or even more permanently, is expensive, time-consuming and may be complicated.
There are a host of regulations which need to be followed, both country and airline specific, and they frequently change.
Generally speaking, the farther away or even more exotic your destination, the more work is required to meet import regulations, veterinary requirements and to navigate through the neighborhood rules.
Our job at Pets by Plane is to help you find the correct flights (many airlines will not carry snub-nosed breeds of dogs and cats) navigate the principles and regulations, advise on the right travel kennel and make sure that your pet can travel comfortably, securely and as economically as possible.
With over 25 year’s experience in transporting animals around the globe, we’ll ensure everything is really as stress free that you can and we could make the calm well-being, comfort and safety of one’s pet our top priority. We take our motto of’We care in the air’extremely seriously and pride ourselves on giving a separate, efficient and caring service.