Global Guide to Best Practices in Air Transport of Hatching Eggs, Day-Old Chicks, Poults and Ducklings

CHECKLIST CARGO COMPANIES HANDLINGDOC Temporary storage (animal hotel/lounge) Make sure holding room temperatures are between 21-26 °C (70-79 °F) and the ventilation is good. Check regularly on the well-being of the DOC while they are waiting. t il t e are waiting. Holding Palletizing or loading of loose DOC If boxes arrive loose, secure them onto pallets with spacers built between the boxes. Mbeatkweeseunrethtehabtobxoexse. s with female and male DOC are evenly spread on Make sure that boxes with female and male DOC are evenly spread on the pallets. Make sure the loose-loaded DOC are loaded onto clean and dry pallets using Styrofoam strips or wooden pallets. Make sure boxes are stacked according to the booking agreement. Make sure at least one side of each box is open to larger air space for sufficient ventilation. Check that all papers are correct before the DOC are loaded. Make sure the boxes are fixed by a net to ensure they do not move. Loading to the plane Make sure the DOC are only exposed to outside weather conditions during loading for short periods. Make sure that no other avian (bird) species are loaded on the same plane. Inform the shippers if other DOC are loaded on the plane. Inform the pilot and crew about the DOC on board to make sure they do not switch off ventilation during waiting, take-off, landing and stopovers. Notify the next destination and shipper about the delays so that correct measures can be taken when the plane arrives. During flight Make sure the DOC are placed in the cargo hold where temperatures (18 to 24 °C (64 to 75 o F)) and ventilation are maintained. (These are the best conditions for DOC during take-off and landing and during the entire transport.) Flight delays Keep flight delays to a minimum. If flight delays are longer than 2 hours, unload the DOC and bring the pallets back to the ventilated and temperature-controlled storage area 21 to 26 °C (70 to 79 °F). In case longer delays occur, follow the shipper's instructions or recommendations for hydration/feeding of the DOC. Stopovers & Transit Make sure the NOTOC information on the conditions of the cargo storage is available and the temperature and ventilation in the DOC storage are satisfactory. Off-loading of plane Make sure the DOC are among the first cargo to leave the plane. Immediately take the DOC to storage where the temperature is between 21 and 26 °C (70 to 79 o F) and the ventilation is good. Check that DOC are transported to the storage by a truck with controlled temperature and ventilation if available. Documents Unnecessary delays and complications occur in customs because crucial documents were separated from the shipment or Air Waybill. Make sure the correct documents accompany the DOC. When there is overheating, mortality, a missed connection or a lengthy delay in forwarding a shipment of DOC, we request that you: Notify the shipper and freight forwarder immediately. Refer to emergency contacts on the documents accompanying the DOC, including the freight forwarder. 20