26 June, 2023

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics and IATA signed agreement for IATA CEIV live animals certification programme

Ethiopian Airlines Group and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) signed an agreement on  IATA CEIV Live Animals Certification Program on June 20, 2023, at the sidelines of IATA Focus  Africa Conference hosted by Ethiopian Airlines Group at Ethiopian Skylight from June 20-21, 2023.  

The signing of the CEIV Live Animal Project Initiation will be a first step to enable Ethiopian  work hand-in-hand with IATA in getting CEIV certification which in turn allows our customers to see the global standards and requirements met by Ethiopian while transporting the precious animals we are entrusted with. As a result:  

▪ Ethiopian will transport live animals with the world’s best quality services and  standards. 
▪ IATA’s latest Center of Excellence for Independent Validators (CEIV) certification  provides confidence for live animals shippers.  
▪ The CEIV’s certification high standards will lead to high customer satisfaction.  

Underlining the significance of signing the CEIV, Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Mr Mesfin Tasew said, “The agreement we are signing with IATA on CEIV Live Animals Certification  Program ensures our commitment towards demonstrating quality services. We are positive that IATA  CEIV Certification, a landmark in the transportation of live animals, will help us improve operation standards, quality management systems, facility and infrastructure requirements. We would like to assure our customers that Ethiopian will continue to comply with the requirements of IATA that sets the industry’s policy and provides seamless aviation processes”. 

Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics Services carries out the transportation of special cargo like medical products, live animals and perishable products in compliance with international and industry standards. In recent years, Ethiopian has invested heavily on infrastructure,  equipment, people, system, and processes to enhance its special cargo and logistics handling capabilities throughout its network.  

Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services acquired IATA CEIV Pharma Certificate in December 2021. To ensure compliance with the highest standards and continuous improvement, we now signed  CEIV Live Animal Project Initiation Agreement with IATA to become a holder of the IATA CEIV Live Animal Certificate which shows the length we go to assure our customers on the welfare of the animals we transport. After the CEIV Live Animal Certification, Ethiopian will continue to work closely with IATA to follow a harmonized and uniform application of compliance,  standardization, accountability, and transparency for handling of live animals by air.