Ethiopian Cargo and Logistics and IATA Signed Agreement for IATA CEIV Live Animals Certification Program

Addis Ababa, June 20, 2023

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 being hosted by Ethiopian Airlines Group.

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 signing the CEIV, Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer Mr. Mesfin Tasew said, “The CEIV Certification will be a landmark in the transportation of live animals as it will boost the confidence of our shippers. CEIV Certification will also help us improve operations standards and handling procedures, guidelines, and regulations, quality management system, supplier management requirement, facility and infrastructure requirements and internal training document for the handling personnel. We would like to assure our customers that we 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 animal’s 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.

About Ethiopian

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seventy-seven years of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivaled in efficiency and operational success. In addition to its main hub in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, it is also pursuing its multi-hub strategy through a hub in Lomé, Togo with ASKY, in Lilongwe, Malawi with Malawi Airlines and in Lusaka, Zambia with Zambia Airways. Ethiopian commands the lion’s share of the Pan African passenger and cargo network operating the youngest and most modern fleet to more than 150 domestic and international passenger and cargo destinations across five continents.

Ethiopian’s fleet consists of ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Boeing 737s, 777s, 787s, Airbus A350-900 and Bombardier Dash 8-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of seven years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate most of these aircraft. Having achieved its strategic plan (Vision 2025) ahead of time, Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2035 that will see it become one of the top 20 most competitive and leading aviation group in the world by providing safe, secured, market driven and customer focused Passenger and Cargo Transport and Logistics Services, Aviation Training, Airport Management and Ground Services, MRO and Aerospace Manufacturing and Travel and Tourism Services. As a multi-award-winning airline, Ethiopian has been winning various coveted awards including Skytrax’s ‘Best Airline in Africa Award’ for five consecutive years. The airline has been a Star Alliance member since 2011 and has been registering more than threefold growth in the past 10 years. For more     


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