COST OF SHIPPING PETS
First of ALL AVOID using a 3rd party pet shipper. see page 4.... Go ahead and contact them. BUT ! Look out for their VERY high prices, including the ripoff door to door services..... They can NOT do anything more for you than regular pet shippers. They just feed you a lot of HYPE !
Probably the most often asked question is: How much does it cost to ship my dog or cat?
The second most asked question is: How safe is air travel?
First things first: The least expensive way would normally be by 'carry on' That is, a
small pet in the cabin. This information is best gotten from the passenger-reservation
people of the airline you travel on. The next least expensive would be: excess baggage
This is the same as checked baggage, at the ticket counter, and also would be addressed by the passenger-reservation people.
We pet shippers most often deal with pets as cargo, or unacompanied baggage.
Though these pets travel in the very same cargo compartment as those traveling as
excess baggage, the charges are dealt with differently.
Most airlines arrive at their cargo charges, using the volume or dimensional weight
system. The maximum outside 3 dimensions are utilized. Usually as inches, the cubic
measurements are taken. Once cubic inches arrived at: divide by 194 to reach
domestic weight; and divide by 166 to arrive at international weight.
International volume or dim weight is usually further calculated to the metric system and
shown as kgs. It is essential that these measurements are very carefully taken as one
inch can make the difference in many dollars.
If you will visit: Wikipedia - Dimensional Weight; and/or: Volume, much of this will be
better explained. We might say here that: United airlines base their charges on
Actual weight of each pet and kennel; as opposed to vol or dim weight.
Please, at ALL times: Make sure that the pet shipper of your choice itemizes ALL charges very carefully for you. On top of the above methods of arriving at pet shipping
charges, one must also specifically ask about: fuel and security charges, taxes, etc
HOW TO PROPERLY MEASURE a pet for their pet travel carrier
Stand on ALL fours. Head as high in air as possible. Nose forward.....
You might need to force head up and back !
Measure from highest point on top of head, tip of ears if ears stand up,
to the floor. ADD at least two (2) plus inches, to arrive at kennel height required
For length: with head extended straight out from body, measure from tip of nose
to base of tail. Add: 3" to arrive at kennel length size required.
These may NOT be natural positions for a pet, but, this is what the airlines will
look for to make their decision as to kennel acceptance.
For domestic shipments, usually ventilation is NOT required on the rear portion of
shipping kennel. We strongly advise to have ventilation on ALL four sides.....
It is required for international shipments....
With ALL Brachycephalic breeds, we INSIST on additional ventilation holes placed
on both sides, and the rear, of the kennel, being placed all around on the upper
portions of the lower portion of the kennel...... We carry a drill for this purpose..
Airline Live Animal Acceptance Checklist:
www.continental.com/web/en-us/content/travel/animals/petchecklist.pdf then, click on Travel Info; then, click on
Travel with Animals; then, click on Procedures for Animal Shippers; then, click on: Live Warm-Blooded
Animal Acceptance Checklist ..........
ALL shipping arrangements and getting ALL Shipping charges MUST be done in the
country of origin of the prospective shipment. In otherwords, NO ONE in USA, for
example, can tell you what it will cost to ship a pet from Germany to the USA, or to
another country. This info MUST be aquired in Germany ONLY Many people make the
VERY serious mistake to retain the services of an agent, 3rd party shipper, to handle
a shipment from some country, other than their own, to another country, other than
their own. Your total cost will skyrocket........
For your own protection, ONLY deal with someone who will have direct hands on your
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