Pet Shipping News You Need To Know


Pet Travel after EU Exit: How to Prepare

As 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.

BREXIT Update:

Nick Foden-Ellis, Regional Director for EUR, serves as IPATA’s liaison to DEFRA and has been keeping us all up to date with the BREXIT situation.

Nick recently participated on a DEFRA conference call. There are no updates to report at this time but DEFRA is re-launching all of the press releases and social media tools that they originally launched back in Nov 2018 - in order to reiterate the message to pet owners that if they want to travel to the EU post BREXIT, then they need to start planning now.

Information can be found at the GOV.UK link that is in the UK country profile page. There are also resources here: You may also check for current news on our Facebook page:

As of 1 March 2018, Delta will no longer be accepting any pets in crates larger than a 300 intermediate size, 32 x 22 x 24" (l x w x h)

United will carry crates up to 34" tall, or the PP90/xx-large of 51.5 x 30.3 x 33.5", as will Alaska Air. American has limited sizes on many of their aircraft as well (AA Airbuses only accept up to a medium crate). This means that any larger pets and crates will be impossible to ship on domestic carriers in the USA.

Any dog requiring a crate larger than an x-large 500/ 40 x 27 x 30" - like a giant/700 crate 48 x 32 x 35" or larger custom built crate - will need ground transport. All of the airlines have many breed restrictions as well, for all snub nosed and "strong-jawed" dogs (i.e. all pit bulls and others), so those dogs will need to travel by ground as well.

There are many ground transporters that do loops around the country dropping off and picking up dogs, and some are relatively inexpensive. When investigating these services make sure the company is a registered USDA intermediate handler, and is properly insured. Note that moves are done on their schedules, not your timetable, and your pets will be exposed to multiple other pets traveling in the same vehicle. Airborne Animals does not participate in these kinds of moves.

A personal individual ground shipment of just one pet will be quite costly, probably more than the air travel would have been, often running $3.00-3.50 per mile, round trip for the vehicle. If plans are flexible and we can combine pets from different moves into one trip going to a specific area (for example from New York area to Los Angeles) then costs may decrease.

International travel is not affected, as most of the international airlines we use (Lufthansa, KLM, Air France, Swiss Air, Emirates) have no crate size limitations other than those that have always been in effect based on aircraft door sizes.

For pets entering the country at Newark & JFK airports:

At most major ports of entry (the NY area airports we serve as well as Atlanta, Chicago, LAX, etc.) pets are supposed to clear customs prior to traveling onward within the USA. Some airlines will arrange these customs clearances for you, others may just refer you to a customs broker.

Newark and JFK airport: Airborne Animals can assist with customs clearances of individual or commercial pet shipments entering the USA at JFK or Newark, which will allow your pets to be forwarded onward same day as booked whenever possible. Otherwise the shipment may be detained.

Also instituted in 2018 nationally: Customs Border Protection Agricultural & Animal Health Division is requiring an agent to visually inspect all dogs upon arrival, so even once the customs clearances are done, a hold may still be in place until an agent inspects a dog. This also increases the time that needs to be allowed for customs clearances before a pet may be forwarded or released. In 2019 this has been relaxed somewhat, but for planning purposes, we still suggest allowing at least 2 hours for clearances from the time of arrival of a flight.

Pet Scams Proliferating on the web! This is a real email that we received on 5/28/14

Hello I am a recent victim of online pet scam and would like to share information with you so it does not happen to anyone else.

Craigsxlist was the original post from a person who claimed to be Mr/Mrs John Mikeman using the telephone number 501-492-9012, in which i was told a siberian husky puppy in Arkansas was to be mine for only $220 which was a transportation fee, after i paid it then I had to pay for insurance, $400, then for pet food $120 and did pay all of these using western union direct money transfer to someone named Natasha Stuhr in Rhodes, Michigan. The fake company name was AIRBORN DELIVERY SERVICE and MISSOURI PETS TRANSIT. The phone number they used was 218-303-0052. After i paid the three fees mentioned above they sent me an email saying the puppy was poisoned and needed four vaccinations before he could fly, this time they wanted $1150, in which i realized ok this has gone too far. Please respond with any suggestions or information that could help.

Thank you

The purpose of this notice is to increase the awareness of pet owners; to caution them to do their own research and to ask questions before making any kind of financial commitment on the Internet. Airborne Animals LLC does NOT sell puppies or kittens, and will not be emailing you for any payments or customs duties. We do not get paid via Western Union. If any other companies or person asks you to contact us on their behalf for payments, etc....It's a scam! Be wary of sites asking for payments via Western Union wires, & sites with phone numbers from Cameroon. These are but two of the warning signs. Here's a link to a story about a scammer using a name similar to our business name:

Scammers also copy other peoples websites, including pet photos and personnel pictures - so if you see my pictures someplace else, or are told Airborne Animals is handling the move, or if they keep coming back for money (special crate, heating pad, customs fees) it's a SCAM. Please forward me any emails or websites using our name or logo or the IPATA logo so we can submit to scam fighters and have the website taken down.

Read more about this important issue.

Many More Breeds are difficult to transport.

Several airlines no longer transport the following breeds, or limit their shipment to certain months:

  • American Pit Bull Terriers
  • American Staffordshire Terriers
  • English Bulldogs
  • American Bulldogs
  • French Bulldogs

Several other snub nosed breeds are also affected by airline policies including Pugs, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos, Shih Tzus and other brachiocephalic breeds.

Beginning in 2018, some airlines also created a “strong-jawed” breed list, and embargoed those breeds as well. United now has over 30 breeds they will not transport. This includes all Pit Bull type dogs as well as breeds like Rottweilers and Mastiffs.

Delta has stopped accepting any crates over 24" tall, and United only accepts crates up to 30" tall.

Please note that Airborne Animals has no control over airline policies and regulations. We must follow the same rules as the general public. We can, however, sometimes find alternative routing or use a cargo airline rather than a commercial airline.

The breeds above frequently have medical emergencies during transit, and have a higher incidence of death versus any other breed. The airlines that now refuse these breeds have learned they do not handle the stress of travel well.

Airborne Animals wants to make pet owners aware that shipping these breeds by air may not be the best way to move them.

Other News:

We specialize in pet shipments to the UK and Ireland, as well as the whole of Europe. Many countries now require pets be micro chipped and then rabies vaccinated prior to shipment. Most countries will require USDA endorsement on documents. We are happy to assist with the required documentation for pet import and export.

Airborne Animals LLC also specializes in bird transport both domestically and internationally. Birds are quite difficult to move, and most require a number of permits internationally. Birds coming into the USA will most likely be required to undergo 30 days of quarantine. The main quarantine facility is in Newburgh NY, although a smaller facility is also available in Miami, FL.