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Perishable Cargo is classed as cargo that is perishable and may decay or spoil because of changes in temperature, altitude, climate, humidity, or other environmental conditions and/or because of expiration.

Cargo which is classed as Perishable

  • Human foodstuffs
  • Vegetables and fruits
  • Fresh / frozen meat
  • Fresh / frozen fish
  • Eggs for human consumption
  • Live organs and fresh blood samples for humans
  • Healthcare / pharmaceutical products
  • Plants, flowers, seedlings, tubers, seeds
  • Live sea products such as young fish, underyearlings, life caviar
  • Products for processing such as butter, fat, frozen fruit and vegetables, sausages, canned food, meat products, cheese and curds products
  • Newspapers and journals
  • Animal products such as animal or bird meat, fish and sea products, frozen or smoked, eggs, including incubator eggs, caviar

In order for perishable goods to be accepted for transportation by air, the shipper must present quality documents or necessary certificates.

Quality document(s) and/or certificate(s) should be issued on the day of transportation and such document(s) should be presented for each separate shipping.

The quality document(s) and certificate(s) have to confirm the terms of shipment.

The airline will refuse to accept perishable cargo for airfreight if they cannot guarantee to transport the goods in the given time scale confirmed by the shipper.

All perishable cargo has to comply to the technical requirements of the standard packaging requirements.

Transportation of natural flowers can and will only be accepted by carriers offering direct flights only.

Natural flowers must arrive at the departure airport no more than ten days prior to flight.

Any items of perishable cargo (with a capacity of 2000 kgs or more) which is booked for transportation on a passenger aircraft is accepted only when accompanied by an escort.

Perishable Cargo Regulations (PCR)

The Perishable Cargo Regulations manual is an important reference guide for all parties involved in the packaging and handling of temperature sensitive goods. The advice and expertise of major airlines and the scientific data supplied by research institutions was essential to develop this manual, endorsed by the IATA Live Animals and Perishables Board (LAPB).

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