More Info about Pet Shipping and Pet Transportation....
Most pet owners treat their pets like
another member of the family..... These pet owners come from
the school of thought that a pet is not just a pet... he or
she is a beloved member of the family, an integral part of
the home and a loyal best friend.
If the time comes to relocate, having a
general knowledge of how the process works and answers to
common questions will help ease concerns about the pet's
upcoming move, and can facilitate a smooth transition from
the transport counselor to the pet transport company.
How does the pet shipping process
Pet transport companies boast the ability to serve the
entire world. The practice itself is fairly straightforward:
pets are typically picked up at the transferee's residence,
checked in at the departure airport, then cleared through
customs upon arrival and delivered to their owner's new
residence. Pet transportation specialists are also usually
responsible for selecting special flight arrangements,
carefully reviewing the import and export documents, and
counseling the transferee on the specific details of their
Some pet shipping services arrange
their door-to-door moves by opening offices in big cities or
franchising their businesses in various parts of the world.
But most of the time, a pet is not always traveling to and
from the main ports of entry--sometimes it is necessary to
facilitate customs clearances or deliveries in smaller
cities and countries. Most reputable pet transportation
companies are members of a group called the
Independent Pet and Animal Transportation Association (IPATA).
The association regulates and monitors the pet
transportation industry by setting ethics standards and
overseeing the performance of their members. As part of
their membership, pet shipping companies are given access to
a network of pet transportation professionals globally who
have guaranteed reputations for the services they provide.
Due to IPATA's exacting standards for
membership, affiliates are able to safely coordinate this
specialized service for the most precious of cargo. As a way
of bridging the gap often found in an international
industry, IPATA also offers an annual conference where the
members gather to meet and exchange ideas, attend classes on
country import requirements and species-specific handling
techniques, and attend forums where reps from major airlines
come to answer questions in a round-table format.
International requirements vary from country to country, so
working with a quality pet transport or shipping company who
is also up to date on the current import requirements is
These intricacies can often affect the
overall cost and many people tend to underestimate the rates
surrounding a complete door-to-door transportation for their
pet. The cost of the pet move is made up by the ground
transportation to and from the airports, the documentation
and import fees, and the air freight charges for the pets.
When pets travel as cargo, the airlines generally charge for
the dimensional weight of the travel crate, which means that
the cost of a one-way international flight for a pet
traveling overseas can often cost the same amount as a
first-class, round trip ticket for his or her owner.
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Seeking the professional pet relocation service of Animal
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your pets on the ground or in the air.
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