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Live Animals

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Actions for the Earth
China Airlines (CAL) supports international biodiversity conservation conventions, and has implemented a transport policy embargoing sharks fins and experimental primates, declaring that CAL group excludes endangered species on the menu. In 2017, CAL has signed up the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration along with IATA member airlines, working together to combat the global illegal wildlife trade.

We will fully continuously implement our environmental principles and policies, supporting international conventions on biodiversity conservation and combating illegal wildlife trafficking. You are warmly invited to join our environmental missions, to not transporting illegal wildlife and related products and to take actions against illegal wildlife trading. Together we can promise the Earth and our descendants a sustainable and beautiful future.
Embargo List and State Variation High Light



EU Shipper's Instruction


EU Journey

Station Description Effective Date Expiry Date Reference
All Staion CAL rejects all illegal transportation of live animals and animal products protected by CITES. United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce Buckingham Palace Declaration,
IATA LAR 2.1.1
All Staions Shark Fins are forbidden for transport by China Airlines. 2015.02.01 N/A CI CHM
HKG 1. Live Animals (e.g. Dog and Cat) other than seeing-eye dogs escorting bling can not be accepted  as baggage.
2. They can only be accepted for air carriage to or through Hong Kong as cargo.
USA & EU Whenever wood materials are used for the construction of the animal container, they must done (methyl bromide fumigation or heat treatment) in accordance with the ISPM15 and EU Commission Directive 2004/102/EC, whenever applicable. N/A N/A LAR 2.1.4
EU All import live animal shipment should be accompanied with:
1.Shipper's feeding and watering instruction
2.Journey Declaration
2015.02.01 N/A LAR EUR-02
TPE Animals or plants and their products transshipped via Taiwan International Airport:
1. Transit permit issued by BAPHIQ is required prior to shipment.
2. Web site: http://www.baphiq.gov.tw
2015.02.01 N/A TACT 7.3
Chinese Taipei
China Airlines Variation

Interline transfers of live animals shipments are not accepted, except for dogs and cats.

All poisonous reptiles (snakes and lizards) and insects (e.g. spiders, scorpions) will not be accepted for carriage on passenger flight.
Non-human primates will not be accepted for carriage.

The following fighting breeds of dogs or mixed breeds of such will not be accepted for carriage:
  1. Pit Bull Terrier (including: American Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier)
  2. Fila Brasileiro
  3. Japanese Tosa
  4. Dogo Argentino
  5. Mastiffs (Neapolitan Mastiff, Tibetan Mastiff, Bull Mastiff, Cane Corso, Dogue de Bordeaux)
The following brachycephalic, snub-nosed or mixed breeds of snub-nosed dogs and cats will only be accepted for carriage when total journey time does not exceed 6 hours (total flying and ground time at intermediate point) and the temperature on any portion of their journey will not exceed 21°C (70°F):
Snub nosed dogs:
  1. Affenpinscher
  2. Boston Terrier
  3. Boxer
  4. Brussels Griffin
  5. Bull Terreir
  6. Chinese Pug
  7. Dutch Pug
  8. English Bulldogs
  9. English Toy Spaniel
  1. French Bulldogs
  2. Griffon Bruxellois
  3. Japanese Chin
  4. Japanese Pug
  5. Lhasa Apso
  6. Pekinese
  7. Pug
  8. Shih Tzu
  9. Tibetan Spaniel
Snub nose cats:
  1. British Shorthair
  2. Burmese
  3. Exotic
  4. Himalayans
  5. Persians
  6. Scottish Fold
Special precautions are required, because these breeds are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress or extreme heat.
China Airlines requires the following when shipping or handling these breeds:
  1. 1 size larger kennel than is normally required. The kennel must have ventilation on 4 sides.
    Customers are advised to acclimate the animal to the kennel by letting the animal spend time in the kennel for several days before
  2. their departure.
  3. No food in the kennel during the flight, just water.
Puppies and kittens under 10 weeks old will not be accepted for carriage.

Strongly smelling animals will not be accepted for carriage on passenger aircraft.

Live animal originating in tropical regions, e.g. live tropical fish, birds, as well as cold blooded
animals (e.g. snake, frog) will not be accepted for carriage if the temperature on any portion
of their journey is 10°C (50°F) or lower.

B738 cargo holds are not permitted to carry live animals, except for those animals, such as
tropical fish, eels, crustaceans which do not require ventilation or high temperature.

Animals accepted as baggage are household cats and dogs, including working dogs.
Container Requirement
  1. DOG/CAT as per Live Animal Regulation
    The animals shall be able to stand, lie down, and turn freely without obstructed by the container.
    The Size reference as following:



  2. A meximurn of two adult animals of comparable size up to 14 kg each,that are compatible,may be shipped in the same container.Animals over that weight must travel individually.
  3. Anomals up to six months old from the same litter,up to 14 kg each,up to a maximum quantity of three,may be shipped in the same container/compartment.
Shipper's Certification for Live Animal

Declaration Form

Dog and Cat Container Requirement