American Bully to India
exporting pets, Pet shipping, Pet transportation

Pet Shipment goes to India, finally!

Pet shipments, any pet transportation really, must abide by a lot of country rules, some of which don’t really ever seem to make sense.

For 5 months I have been working with another agent to get “Blue” the American Bully to India.  3 times we have had him booked to go, only to find out at the last minute – last time I was literally on the way to the airport with him – that there would be a problem with customs upon arrival.

And so I turned around and brought him back.  He’s stayed with friends, owners have traveled back and forth from India and he’s been boarding now for 3 or 4 weeks.

Today he finally gets to go.  The issues have not been with any of his paperwork, but the fact that the owners have spent too  much time in India prior to having Blue join them.  India has strict rules about pet importation, and basically they do not allow in pets for sale.  I guess that’s what they might have been afraid of, since Blue’s mom had spent more time in India the prior 6 months, than outside the country.  So they may not consider him “her” dog, as she didn’t take him with her immediately.

Whatever the reason, and whatever the pet travel, there are rules that must be met and followed.  While most countries will work with an owner or pet shipping company to meet requirements, or resort to quarantine, there are some countries that will immediately return a pet, and some even worse, will euthanize pets.

If you are not using a pet shipper, make sure you investigate with due diligence to make sure your pet complies to the rules.  There are also some of us that will charge a fee just to help with paperwork and work with you and your vet, even if we are not moving the pet.

Pet shipping, Pet transportation

Summer Safety

This blog form Cesar Millan has some good summer tips for keeping your pet safe.

I will only add some tips about moving/shipping/traveling with your pet during the summer:

For flying:  when possible, always use a nonstop flight, and aim for early morning or late evening when possible.  Pets will have to be tendered to the airline 2-4 hours in advance, depending on the airline and destination – so you want to make sure the pet is in a safe environment during that time period, and not sitting somewhere hot.  Make sure the dishes attached to the door are large enough for water, and provide it before handing the pet off.

For Driving:  make sure to take water with you, stop in shady spots when you park for a rest stop, and never, ever leave pets in a car.  Even with the AC on, the interior of a car can become overwhelming hot quickly.



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Learn the Lingo: Whats the difference between Baggage and Manifest Cargo?

Pets may travel a number of ways – sometimes with the owner and often without.

Pet transportation specialists like Airborne Animals LLC make arrangements for pets to travel as manifest cargo – on their own “ticket” so to speak, and the owner may or may not be one the plane.

Here’s the lingo to know:

In Cabin or Cabin Baggage – this means the owner will be carrying the pet on board with them as a ticketed passenger.  The pet owner must arrange this when the ticket is purchased.  Most airlines have a limit on size and number of pets allowed in cabin, and charge a smaller fee for this service as compared to shipping as manifest cargo.

Checked baggage – the pet will still check in with the owner, but will travel underneath in the cargo area, rather than in the cabin.  Usually used for larger pets or multiple pets, the pet owner will again be making the arrangements when the ticket is purchased from the airline.  The cost is usually more than the in cabin fee, but less than a cargo rate.

Manifest cargo – this kind of booking is made through the airlines cargo office and is not associated with any passenger aboard the flight.  The owner may travel on the same flight, but the pet is booked separately.  This is how professional pet shippers arrange pet travel.  Additionally, some countries will require pets travel as manifest cargo (for instance, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Great Britain, or Australia).  This is the most expensive cost associated with airline pet travel, often more than a passenger ticket.

Another key word:

Embargo – meaning there is a limitation or non-acceptance of pets.  It may be due to temperature or breed restrictions, or even because of a heavily booked flight with limited space in the baggage area of the plane.  Some embargoes may even prohibit shipment of certain species to a specific area or country ( banned canine breeds in some countries, or birds).  Pet shippers must abide by the same regulations as pet owners and we cannot get around these embargoes either.