Breaking Pet Travel News: New TSA Directive Restricts Live Cargo Imports to US

Effective yesterday (Nov. 8, 2010), a new directive issued by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has been put into place that will affect cargo shipments -including live animals - coming from other countries into the US.

Preceded by little notice, the information issued thus far has been somewhat limited. In brief, however, this security directive places an embargo on the import of live animal cargo unless it can be documented that an “established business relationship” has existed for more than 30 calendar days between the passenger and the airline or shipping agent.

So what does this all mean? Individuals hoping to ship their pets to the US via cargo must be able to show that they’ve been working with an agent or with the airline for at least a month before flying. The TSA has yet to specifically define what qualifies as an “established business relationship” and how this relationship might be illustrated.

Airlines operating to the US, including Continental, are currently working on short-term solutions for dealing with these restrictions. The rules are currently set to expire in about a month, but it is expected that they will be extended. 

This specific directive applies to airlines entering the US. It does not apply to domestic flights within the US.

We will keep you updated as the TSA issues more information about this security directive. Feel free to post comments and ask us your questions, as we are doing our best to stay up to speed with this developing issue.


PetRelocation Team





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By Robert on December 26, 2010 at 12:06 am

i am going to be traveling with my dog to liberia costa rica in this upcomming may. i recently contacted continental pet safe office to ask a question and they informed me that there was a current embargo that may prohibit my dog for re-entry to the country in july on or way into canada. i have created an account with continental one pass and have booked my flights with them. if i travel with my dog to costa rica and am in costa rica for 60 days is that enough of a relationship to get back into the u.s.

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