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Ethiopian Cargo, IATA sign agreement for IATA CEIV Live Animals Certification Program

Addis Ababa, June 23, 2023 (FBC) – Ethiopian Airlines Group, the fastest-growing airline brand globally and the continent’s largest airline brand, 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 the airline is 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, and the CEIV’s certification high standards will lead to high customer satisfaction, it is stated.

Underlining the significance signing the CEIV, Ethiopian Airlines Group chief executive officer 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 system, 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 and Logistics Services acquired IATA CEIV Pharma Certificate in December 2021. To ensure compliance with the highest standards and continuous improvement, the airline has 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 it goes to assure customers on the welfare of the animal’s the airline transports. 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.

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