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Please note, this information is embargoed until tomorrow, Thursday 6 June.
Earlier this year we were speaking to you about the future of pet travel after the UK leaves the EU.
On Thursday we will relaunch our EU Exit pet travel communications campaign, reminding pet owners and businesses to revisit our official advice [https://www.gov.uk/guidance/pet-travel-to-europe-after-brexit] on how to prepare for travelling with pets between the UK and the EU after the UK leaves the EU.
This is because pet owners planning to travel on or immediately after 31 October 2019 would need to contact their vet at least four months in advance of their travel date in order to prepare for all scenarios. Therefore, those wishing to travel to the EU on 1 November 2019 would need to visit their vet by the end of June at the latest.
Ahead of the launch of our customer-facing campaign, we would like to share our plans for the upcoming communications activity and recap on the health and documentation regulations that may occur if the UK leaves and becomes an unlisted third country under the Pet Travel Scheme.
Pet Travel after EU Exit: How to PrepareAs our guidance details, if the UK leaves the EU on 31 October 2019 with no agreement in place, pet owners would need to ensure their pet has a microchip, an up-to-date rabies vaccination and a blood test to demonstrate sufficient levels of rabies antibody. The blood test needs to be carried out a minimum of 30 days after its last rabies vaccination (whether that’s a booster or initial vaccination) and a minimum of three calendar months before travel. A current EU pet passport issued in the UK will not be valid for travel to the EU. Instead, pet owners would need to apply an Animal Health Certificate no more than 10 days before travel.
Until the UK leaves the EU, pets can continue to travel to the EU under the current pet travel rules using the current EU pet passport.
Pet Travel EU Exit Communications Relaunch
Our campaign is targeted through media, social media and stakeholder engagement, such as this, and we would greatly appreciate your ongoing support in helping us share this information with your customers in order to ensure they are fully prepared for when the UK leaves the EU.
To help us amplify these messages, I am including this Dropbox Showcase: https://shwca.se/PetTravel so that you can access relevant digital assets, including an animation, social media statics, a poster and flyer as well as recommended social media posts and hashtags. This link will open in recent versions of Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge and Safari. Please feel free to use these through your own channels to reach pet owners. We would also welcome any retweets or sharing of our content on social media. We’ve also included our embargoed press notice that will be going our tomorrow morning.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency: Amendment to Part XII: Transport of Animals: Health of Animals Regulations
Webinar summary: The reasons, the methodology and the response to the new federal animal transport regulations.
Thursday, June 13th
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT (NY)
Speaker: Michelle Groleau (CFIA/ACIA)
Questions? You may submit questions prior to the webinar by sending to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject: ATA webinar
Effective date: May 10, 2019
RE: Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from Egypt
Dear Airline Station Manager or Carrier Representative:
This letter is to notify you that CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of all dogs from Egypt. Please share this letter and our contact information with your airline’s policy and procedures unit. On May 10, 2019, CDC published a notice of this suspension in the Federal Register (https://www.cdc.gov/importation/bringing-an-animal-into-the-unitedstates/
Egypt-dogs-temp-suspension.html). This is in addition to (does not replace) the CDC carrier letter dated December 6, 2018, RE: Compliance with CDC’s Dog Importation Regulations.
Effective immediately, CDC is temporarily suspending the importation of dogs from Egypt. This includes dogs originating in Egypt trying to be imported to the United States via third-party countries where dogs have lived for less than 6 months.
CDC is taking this action in response to three imported cases of rabid dogs from Egypt in 4 years. This action is needed to prevent the reintroduction of dog rabies, which has been eliminated from the United States since 2007.
This suspension will remain in place until appropriate veterinary controls to prevent the export of rabid dogs have been established in Egypt. At that time, CDC will coordinate with other federal agencies and entities to reverse the suspension and will inform you of the updated protocol for dogs entering the United States from Egypt.
Airlines deny boarding: In keeping with current practice, CDC recommends airlines deny boarding to any dogs that appear sick. Airline staff should verify the dog’s country of origin. At this time, CDC also advises against boarding any dogs from
This applies whether dogs are hand-carried, checked in as passenger baggage, or transported as cargo on flights to the United States.
Rare occurrences: On an extremely limited basis, CDC may grant advance written approvals permitting the importation of a dog from Egypt. CDC will give the importer/owner three documents: 1) permit, 2) email granting approval, and 3) CDC Quarantine Station contact information. The carrier should request these three items. If the importer/owner does not have these three pieces of information, do not board the dog, and have the importer/owner contact CDC.
Responsibility: If the dog is denied entry upon arrival to the United States, the importer/owner is responsible for all costs related to the dog’s care, evaluation, or return to country of origin. If the importer/owner abandons the dog, the airline becomes financially responsible for the dog.
If you have any questions about this letter or CDC’s importation regulations, please contact us at
email@example.com or call your regional CDC Quarantine Station (found at www.cdc.gov/quarantine/quarantinestationcontactlistfull.html).
Clive Brown, MBBS, MPH, MSc, DTM&H
Chief, Quarantine and Border Health Services Branch
Division of Global Migration and Quarantine
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
May 6 issue
I hope every single one of you had a positive outcome from our 45th annual conference! As you know, we had record attendance, with a considerable increase over the past few conferences. This is good news for the association of course, while at the same time, it sets a precedent and a new bar to our board of directors to continue to work for the benefit of the community that ATA represents.
Please let us know your thoughts – both good and bad -- on what you saw at the congress held in Budapest last week. This feedback is highly important!
As the president elect this year, the weight of what that represents didn’t sink in until Wednesday morning on my way to the airport, heading back home to northwest Arkansas, U.S. I had separate conversations with Kelly (treasurer and former president) and Filip (president), both long-time members of ATA and its board of directors. They both made me realize the great responsibility that having to lead this association carries.
During the ride back to the airport, immersed in my own thoughts, I came to realize that Budapest is such a multicultural city. The music playing on the cab driver’s car stereo was an old, yet traditional Mexican song, sung by the Spanish singer Julio Iglesias. For those younger members of ATA, you may be a little more familiar with Julio’s son, Enrique Iglesias.
I mentioned that to the cab driver and he knew very well both the song and the singer. The next song was by Andrea Bocelli, singing in Italian. Neither the composers nor the singers were Hungarian, and yet, my Hungarian driver loved that music! The universal presence and influence of music are what prompted me to reflect on my previous conversations with Kelly, Filip and ATA’s membership, in the sense that ATA is a network of individuals who connect multiple nationalities, pretty much encompassing all continents. That “borderless” concept is something natural, and our board of directors, consciously or not, has always been able to bring us together year after year. And yet, this ubiquity of ATA membership needs to remain and even increase for an even more balanced sense of multiculturalism. And the best way to achieve this diversity of ideas is by keeping the board of directors informed with your feedback.
So again, please let us know your likes and desires for the next congress in Abu Dhabi as soon as possible! Your feedback is highly valuable to the programs our board of directors puts together every year, and Abu Dhabi is no exception.
We look forward to continuing to work for the benefit of our customers: the animals that require safe transportation – meeting their needs, from emotional support and service (pets), medical (laboratory), food production (livestock), and of course the horses (for whatever they do for us ;)). As the proverb goes, a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and ATA has demonstrated its inner strength thanks to each one of its members who voice their feedback to the board of directors to find new directions and opportunities for continuous improvement. Let’s keep it that way!
Alberto Torres, ATA President-Elect
New information on CDC’s website regarding dog imports.
CDC announces the story Operation Dog Catcher: Illegal Puppy Imports Uncovered at JFK Airportis now live and can be accessed from these three CDC websites:
With their own equipment (temperature controlled vehicles, trailers and crates) and being a full IATA agent, Crossborder Animal Services B.V. on April 4th, organized a transport to Miami Zoo a shipment of 2 hyena’s.
Crossborder built IATA crates, organized road transfer of hyena’s from an zoo in Germany and Belgium and the airfreight ex-Amsterdam Airport.
Hyena’s has been arrived in good shape at Miami Zoo of course in good collaboration with KLM.
For questions, contact Crossborder directly: firstname.lastname@example.org
From the CDC:
CDC announcing that the story Operation Dog Catcher: Illegal Puppy Imports Uncovered at JFK Airportis now live and can be accessed from these three CDC websites:
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