Last Friday, 6 November, 12 live alpacas originating from Santiago de Chile, arrived in Amsterdam. Born and raised in the Andes Mountains, these alpacas were on their way to Germany.
The animals were shipped in a crate on a lower deck on KLM's direct flight from Santiago to Amsterdam. ATA member EagleFreight uses the Amsterdam Schipol Animal Hotel as a hub for further transit to the western regions of Europe.
Usually alpacas arrive in one single lot, but sometimes, several crates with two layers arrive and orders are split in Amsterdam for several consignees.
In this particular case, the 12 alpacas were consigned to two different customers in Germany, but shipped in one single crate. EagleFreight, as the agent for the Chilean shipper at Schipol, arranged for customs clearance and took care of the correct split in order to deliver the animals to their new domiciles.
EagleFreight and KLM, two ATA members, are working close together to make such transport successful with respect for the welfare for the alpacas. As EagleFreight's motto says, "We do care for mother nature."