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  • 15 Apr 2016 3:52 PM | Anonymous

    We would like to thank everyone who joined us in Lisbon for our 42nd Annual Conference! The conference took place last week at the Tivoli Oriente in Lisbon, and we kicked it off with some fun and new and old friends on Sunday with our traditional Sunday Evening Icebreaker & Welcome Reception.

    Monday morning, outgoing ATA President, Jennifer Woods welcomed everyone to the conference and welcomed our first presentation by Andreia Pereira Silva of the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art. Andreia (who had driven 18 hours the day before to be with us) informed attendees of the logistics and details that she deals with in transporting the performance stallions around Europe from Portugal. 

    Dr. Morris Villarroel discussing his research on transporting pigs from Pamplona to Lisbon
    Following Andreia, Dr. Morris Villarroel of the Technical University of Madrid provided attendees informative research on the optimal temperature and humidity ranges that affect livestock, particularly pigs, in transit. Concluding the general sessions for the morning, Jan-Willem de Gooijer, DVM shared a recent case study on the transport of white lions from Mexico to China.

    After a lunch enjoyed at the restaurant on top of the Tivoli Oriente, attendees broke into our breakout sessions, where a number of studies and topics related to equines and lab/research animal transport were discussed and analyzed by both presenters and attendees.

    Our breakout sessions continued through into Tuesday morning with an analysis of the effect of avian influenza on the world food supply, considerations for shipping pigs via air, and how AirFrance and researchers were able to work together to support each other and keep some transit routes open for lab/research animals.

    Andrea Gruber of IATA LAPB moderates a session with Bruce Clemmons of FedEx, Gabriella Tamasi of IAG Cargo, and Marc Roveri of CargoLux

    Mid-morning attendees convened again for general sessions, where we heard stories from the field around zoological transports, had a discussion about whether or not all animal transporters need to be certified, and learned how several airlines implement IATA LAR regulations. 

    During lunch, the ATA board conducted its Annual General Meeting, where we voted on and welcomed our returning board member - Bruce Clemmons of FedEx - as well as welcoming three new board members: Cindy Brown of Calgary Airport Authority, Dr. Alberto Torres of Cobb-Vantress, and Luis Fernandez of Bioculture Group. The executive committee also welcomed Jeff Segers into the President role and Bruce Clemmons as the member-at-large director on the executive committee.
    ATA Treasurer Kelly Wheeler, ATA Past President Jennifer Woods present the ATA Animal Welfare Award to Drs. Sunil and Premlata Choudhary of PetFly

    We also awarded the ATA Animal Welfare Award to Dr. Sunil Choudhary of PetFly for their innovations in achieving improvements for the welfare of pets and companion animals in India. The board also was privileged to award the ATA President's Award to Anna Melino and Eric Bernier in recognition for all of their many years of service on the ATA board and the industry as a whole.
    ATA Treasurer Kelly Wheeler, outgoing ATA board member and ATA President's Award recipient Anna Melino, and ATA Past President Jennifer Woods

    After lunch, we announced the location and dates of our 2017 conference - 8-11 February in Hong Kong! - and convened for our closing general sessions on the adoption of electronic airway bill technology in the industry and the nuances of assessing animal welfare for all species at airports and animal hotels.

    On Wednesday, attendees had the option of attending a performance of high dressage - or horse ballet - by the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

    Overall it was a great week and we would like to thank all of our attendees, presenters, and sponsors for their time and partnership in making this annual conference come together. We would appreciate your feedback and ask you to complete this survey. And we look forward to seeing you in Hong Kong in February 2017! 

    Sea Air International



  • 15 Apr 2016 3:48 PM | Anonymous

    For those that knew Lou Rocha, my business partner and best friend for 30 years, he passed away at 4:00AM on Friday, April 8th. He had been in the hospital since Christmas Day, 3.5 months, eventually developed pneumonia and just couldn't fight anymore.

    He had been active in livestock exports for 34 years and loved the challenge, the animals, the foreign buyers, and the opportunity to make a difference in the genetics of the importing countries.

    Luis was a member of the Livestock Exporters Association USA and served for many years as the Livestock Committee Chairman for the Animal Transportation Association.

    Lou was an amazing man and friend to all. He was always willing to help and couldn't tell anyone "no". He felt that this was the legacy he wanted to be known for - being a friend to all - and such an amazing legacy he built over the years.

    He will be missed - by those that called him Papa Rocha (both young and old), by those that loved him, and by those who were glad - no, privileged - to call him friend.

    Visitation and viewing were held this past Wednesday April 13. If you would like to make a donation to the Rocha family to help with the unexpected funeral services and such, you can do so here.

    Thanks for your support and friendship over the years; thanks for being a part of his legacy.

  • 23 Dec 2015 1:25 PM | Anonymous

    It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Debra Robinson, our friend and co-worker, on Thursday 10th December.

    Fondly known as Debs to staff or as Debbie amongst our clients, she was a constant at James Cargo Services for over 14 years, working in other areas of the company before finding her calling in the JCS Livestock team. With an eye for detail and passion for customer service Debbie was at the heart of easily over a thousand exports for the company and countless imports, helping thousands of furry friends find their way to their new home.

    Debbie's particular love was for cats and she kept a number at home, including the famous "Skitz", although she did have a soft spot for dogs too and is likely to be just out of shot in a number of photos on this site where someone is getting a pre-flight hug. Pets were second only to her two children, Sean and Sophie, and her family, a number of whom we are proud to call part of the JCS family.

    It was after a short period of illness that she was taken from us, far too soon, and she will be remembered fondly. We know that she will have been a main point of contact for so many of our Facebook friends, so we felt that we should let you know.

    We'd like to note her passing by contributing to a charity. Her family would like to support the Stroke Association, so we have set up this Just Giving page or please feel free post your memories of Debbie here:-

  • 05 Dec 2015 1:22 PM | Anonymous

    On 19 November, ATA member JCS Livestock was awarded the Specialist Freight Award at the Global Freight Awards, held at a gala ceremony at the esteemed five-star Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane, London.

    In the Global Freight Awards' own words:

    "The Specialist Freight Award aims to recognise and reward high performance, a drive for innovation, customer centricity and demonstrable expertise. Most importantly it rewards excellent results for both the customer and the provider.

    The winner of this category provides animal transport solutions for everything, from anteaters to zebras, and pampered pooches to prized pigs. Its services include collection, delivery, flights, customs clearance, and bespoke crates for all shapes and sizes of animals.

    Congratulations to JCS Livestock for its specialist work with conservation bodies and the public to transport pets, livestock and zoo animals around the world."

    This award is very important in the freight forwarding industry- and JCS Livestock was so pleased to be recognised at this level this year, as it means a lot to all of our hard working staff, past and present who have built the company's reputation over the years.

    The JCS Livestock management would like to thank these staff as well as all of our customers and the judging panel for the awards, which this year included: Dorothea Carvalho, Project Director, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport UK; Andy Cliff, Director, Straightforward Consultancy; Robert Keen, Director General, British International Freight Association (BIFA); Paul Kelly, Founder and Lead Consultant, Actualis Marketing; Melanie Longman, Supply Train Director and Associate Consultant, LCP Consulting; Peter MacLeod,Editor, SHD Logistics; Marco L. Sorgetti, Director General, International Federation of Freight Forwarders' Association (FIATA); Dr Andrew Traill, Principal Technologist- Logistics and Freight, Transport Systems Catapult; Nicolette van der Jagt, Director General, CLECAT; Will Waters, Editor, Lloyd's Loading; Susanna Whawell, Managing Director, Auxilium Management.

  • 04 Dec 2015 1:17 PM | Anonymous

    We are very sad to announce that Eddie McMullen passed away on the 19th November, at 66.

    Eddie serviced the Air cargo industry over a career spanning more than 40 years, most notably as Owner of Air Charter Specialists Intradco. He was diagnosed with Brain cancer in early February of this year, and in true 'Eddie style' he battled until his final days, and never let his illness slow him down from enjoying the things he loved.

    As messages of condolence have poured in from all over the world, the words; Honest, Old School, Maverick, and of course 'Fun loving' all appear hundreds of times.

    We remember Eddie as someone who always went the extra distance to make animal transport safe and to find solutions in times of late flight arrivals or problems that were faced with authorities or just with meddlers.

    Eddie was dedicated to safe animal transport and always put the safety of animals first.

    Eddie will be missed by the many who knew him. He was an exceptional human being, Eddie and I did a few charters together and we became good friends. He told the funniest jokes, he had tremendous foreign accents and used them to ease the tension when transports mishaps occurred.

    People often say that a great man is judged that way by his peers. As tributes poured in from the industry, there is a selection of great comments made from people within our industry.


    "Eddie was a man who laughed at any seemingly impossible challenge and then set about conquering it. Successfully. A fine man with a heart as big as a lion"

    "Eddie was quite daunting but once I got to know him it was obvious he was a very humble human being, always willing to help and give advice"

    "I loved the fact that he was 'old school' and didn't give a toss about all that 'politically correct crap"

    "Safe Journey Eddie, I'll always remember your support and the handshake that was as good as your word"

    "I loved the way he would be so interested in anyone he met. He made everyone feel special."

    "He was a true wheeler/dealer who virtually always delivered one way or other. The mould was definitely broken the moment he graced us with his presence on this earth"

    "He was was one of those old generation "one of a kind" with his own unique style and presence. I so enjoyed the talks that we had, through which his experience, his intelligence, and mostly his wisdom were prominent. His humour was classic, and yes, he was also a judge of fine whiskey. I'll miss him."


    Eddie leaves behind his son Charlie, daughter Megan, and wife Bunni and hundreds of friends whom will truly miss him.

    Funeral services were held on 3rd December at Worth Crematorium. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a charitable donation to Cancer Research in Eddie's honor. Donations are accepted here.

  • 04 Dec 2015 1:14 PM | Anonymous

    John Good, former ATA Treasurer, passed away earlier this Autumn.

    It is no exaggeration to say that John helped rescue the ATA. John took over as Treasurer when we were in a pretty desperate financial situation because of some unfortunate occurrences. John took a disciplined, realistic, no-nonsense approach and was able to get us back to solvency in short order. John was committed to the ATA and was an active sponsor and participant at conferences along with his duties as Treasurer. John was serious about business but he had his fun side as well. I'm sorry I missed seeing him dancing in Amsterdam at our 2006 conference (Anna Melino remembers)!

    John retired around 2009 after a long career at Flying Tigers and then FedEx as FedEx Charter Sales Manager to take care of his aging parents. He was a great Treasurer, a good man and a great friend. He will be missed.

  • 22 May 2015 6:06 PM | Anonymous

    Warrenton, VA - Calgary continued to show attendees the best it had to offer at ATA's 41st Annual Conference on Tuesday, 5 May. Tuesday's sessions got underway again at 9:00AM, but this time started with our species breakout sessions. Livestock/Equine track attendees got to hear different perspectives on the importance of driver training, how far ground horse transport has come (and where it needs to go next), what CFIA government officials look for during inspections, and how the LIS and RCMP work together to keep track of livestock in transit. Zoo/Companion attendees listened to sessions on how the EU comes up with its live animal regulations, how to handle the day-to-day logistics of zoo transport during a natural disaster, and how an airline manages endangered species transport. Lab/Research attendees learned how leading pharmaceutical companies are ensuring the welfare of research animals, and how different lab/research association groups are working together to address issues around transport of research animals.

    General sessions opened after lunch with Jordan Harpur, Harpur Companies, sharing how current export markets play into animal welfare from the perspective of the largest red deer farm in North America. The day's sessions concluded with Mark Sutherland, Sutherland Racers, regaling attendees with both information and wild stories on how his outfit handles the transportation and welfare of over 50 horses during the Chuckwagon Racing season.

    Later that afternoon, attendees headed out on a tour of YYC's newly expanded cargo facilities, ending with a reception at its newly constructed animal facilities. Following a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Stephan Poirier, YYC and Kenneth Serrien, Overseas Horse Services officially opening the facility,group tours were conducted giving attendees a first-hand look at the facilities. After the conclusion of the tours, attendees returned to the Delta Bow Valley and were joined by participants for the CLT/ATA Livestock Transport Conference for an evening dessert reception and keynote speech by Dr. Temple Grandin.

    On Wednesday, our final day's events included our co-located full day Livestock Transport Conference with the CLT group, a closed working session for the Lab/Research group,and a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the giraffe exhibit at the Calgary Zoo.

    Overall it was a great conference and we would like to thank all of our attendees, speakers, and sponsors for their time and partnership in making this annual conference come together. We look forward to seeing you in Lisbon in April 2016!

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