dnata and Brussels Airport achieve CEIV certification
24 / 01 / 2022
By Damian Brett
Ground handler dnata and Brussels Airport are celebrating the award of IATA CEIV Live Animal certification, while dnata has also achieved the equivalent standard for its pharma facility at the airport.
The Brussels Airport Animal Care & Inspection Center (ACIC), which is operated by dnata, achieved the Live Animals standard less than two years after opening.
IATA’s CEIV Live Animals Logistics establishes baseline standards to improve the level of competency, infrastructure and quality management in the handling and transportation of live animals throughout the supply chain.
“Earning this recognition required the ACIC team to set up and implement a quality management system, be fully compliant with IATA’s Live Animals training requirements, and demonstrate proficiency in managing live animal handling processes in conformance with IATA’s standards,” the airport said.
“The close cooperation with the Brussels Airport cargo team and the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain significantly contributed to the successful outcome.”
Ann Goovaerts, ACIC supervisor, said: “This certificate is a seal of approval for the standard of excellence we are setting for handling live animals. We hope that our passion and dedication for animal safety and welfare will inspire other players within the industry and encourage them to safeguard the wellbeing of all animals during transportation.”
Despite being a start-up in Covid times, the ACIC has already welcomed many animals in the past two years, ranging from dogs, horses and alpacas to reptiles and insects, the airport said.
Meanwhile, dnata’s CEIV pharma certification at Brussels follows on from the achievement of the standard at several of its other facilities.
The company has also achieved certification in Amsterdam, Dallas, Dubai, Singapore and Toronto cargo centres, as well the GDP certification of its Amsterdam, Brussels, Karachi, London, Manchester, Melbourne, Singapore, Sydney, Toronto and Zurich facilities.
Stef Vanbinst, managing director of dnata Belgium, said: “These certifications demonstrate our team’s ability to handle precious cargo under the strictest international standards, consistently providing best-in-class services to our customers.”
Nathan De Valck, head of cargo product and network development at Brussels Airport, said: “As the first and largest airport community in the world with CEIV Pharma certified stakeholders, this certification of dnata further strengthens our position as preferred EU pharma gateway and increases the guarantee of qualitative handling of time and temperature sensitive cargo throughout the entire air cargo chain.”
Last year, the Belgian airport saw its cargo volumes increase by more than 30% compared with 2020 levels.