International transportation of animals is a very popular service. But since animals do not belong to ordinary goods, and in logistics they are designated by the term “live cargo”, international delivery of animals has its own characteristics.

First of all, it should be clarified that any living animal is considered a live cargo: domestic animals, birds, fish and crayfish, bees, laboratory animals, during transportation of which it is necessary to comply with sanitary and veterinary requirements.

The complexity of the organization of transportation of live cargo is that for each species of animals it is necessary to perform a number of preparatory work and provide individual conditions. It is necessary to obtain permission for transportation, pick up specially equipped vehicles with the ability to comply with the temperature regime and adjust the level of humidity.



Documents required for the transportation of live cargo include:

  • Waybill
  • Consignment note
  • Veterinary certificate
  • Sanitary passport

Veterinary certificate is a document that confirms the safety of a live cargo for the environment, it reports that the animal is not infected with any disease. This certificate is issued by the veterinary and sanitary service.

Sanitary passport is a document on the vehicle, which is issued directly by the carrier. It guarantees the suitability of the vehicle for the carriage of live cargo. Sanitary passport issued by the epidemiological control authorities.





For the transportation of live cargoes, one- and two-tier cattle trucks, semi-trailers, cages, beehives, crates, and tanks are used with mandatory disinfection before and after transportation. As a rule, disinfectants are different for each type of live load.

Containers should be provided with everything that the animal may need, including food, trays, water, equipment, etc. Additional food and medicine should also be provided in case of unforeseen situations.

All norms for feed, water and inventory are determined in the veterinary-sanitary documents.





It is worth emphasizing that in order to send a live cargo by plane, it is necessary to prepare veterinary documents and obtain permission from the quarantine service. Transportation of large animals is negotiated separately with the carrier.

Small animals can be transported unaccompanied, but only when a direct flight is used for transportation, the shipper monitors the animals at the airport while waiting for shipment, and immediately upon arrival the consignee takes the live cargo.


If you need to transport the animal by air, entrust this business to us. “D.S.L.” company has been engaged in the organization of international delivery of goods for more than ten years , including live cargo.

You can get more detailed information by calling the phone number indicated on the site, sending an email or leaving a request on the site.

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