Shipping Kennel Requirements


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Shipping Kennel Requirements
In order to transport your pet as checked baggage or cargo, you must use a shipping kennel approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The kennel must have enough space for your pet to stand and sit erect without the head touching the top of the container and turn around and lie in a natural position.

You should consult with the local cargo facility for availability of the size kennel you need in advance of the date of travel.

All kennels must be capable of loading upright in the aircraft bin as required by the Animal Welfare Act and the International Air Transport Association Live Animal Regulations.

Also, USDA rules state that the kennel must:
- Be made from rigid plastic, wood, metal, or material of comparable strength with solid roofs. No cardboard kennels.
- Have wheels that can be removed or made inoperable (applies to wheeled kennels only).
- Have functional handles on the kennel’s exterior to prevent tilting and any direct contact with the animals.
- Close securely, but not lock, providing personnel with an opportunity to open it in case of emergency.
- Have upright arrow labels indicating kennel's correct and labels with the words “Live Animal” in letters at least 1-inch tall on the crate's top and on at least one side .
- Enclose any bedding, e.g. shredded paper or towels, to soak up any liquid.
- Have one dish for food and one for water attached to the inside of the kennel door. They must be attached in such a way to be easily accessible to personnel without opening the kennel door.
- Have attached feeding instructions and food. These instructions should be affixed to the top of the kennel, along with shipper and consignee information.
- Not be made wholly of welded mesh, wire mesh, wicker, cardboard or collapsible materials.

Kennels Types and Sizes
- SML/100 series (21 x 15 x 16, 6 lb.)
- MED/200 series (27 x 20 x 19, 12 lb.)
- MED/300 series (32 x 22 x 23, 18 lb.)
- LRG/400 series (36 x 24 x 26, 24 lb.)
- XLG/500 series (40 x 27 x 30, 31 lb.)
- GIANT/700 series (Accepted as cargo only) - 48 x 32 x 35, 51 lb.

All dimensions are given in inches.