Live Animals

Transporting live animals is not the same as shipping regular cargo. That's why we created Variation Live for shipping pets like cats and dogs, as well as ornamental fish, horses, day-old chickens, zoo animals, cattle, hatching eggs and insects.
Our well-trained staff members take care of all the animals, ensuring optimal safety, comfort and hygiene. They are transported in climate-controlled, pressurised cabins. And they're kept comfortable on the ground too. We even have a special Animal Hotel at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. Conditions at Paris-Charles de Gaulle are equally good, but the service is different.

Live Service Hubs

Animals travelling via Amsterdam Airport Schiphol
Variation Live guarantees that all live animals are transported in optimal conditions of safety, comfort and hygiene. All animals travelling through Schiphol stay at our KLM Cargo Animal Hotel during transit and on arrival.

Animals travelling via Paris-Charles de Gaulle
  • ULDs suitable for each species, in accordance with IATA LAR
  • The animal terminal is especially equipped to take care of all live animals during transit and on arrival
  • Attendants and/or grooms are permitted on board

Live Pets

Dogs and cats deserve the same level of comfort and attention as our passengers. We transport your companions in climate-controlled, pressurised compartments, ensuring the health and well-being of your pet. In transit, cats and dogs are temporarily housed in larger kennels and given food and water. In short, your pet receives royal treatment at our Animal Hotel.
  • IATA standard sky kennels available in various sizes worldwide
  • Kennels cleaned in transit
  • A unique dog-walking service; cats get their own litter box

Dog and Cats from Amsterdam
AF-KL-MP Cargo can ship passengers' dogs and/or cats from Amsterdam to various destinations worldwide. We do not, however, accept pets directly from private individuals; only from specialised freight agents. Passengers can contact one of the following agents for more information and to make a booking. The agents are presented in random order below.
Zoo Logistics
Phone: +31 (0)20 316 5093
Malenstein Air
Phone: +31 20 – 405 83 18
Phone: +31(0)20 754 1080
VCK Logistics
Contact Monique Schellinger
Phone: +31 20 6549 131/134
Contact Erik Pos
Phone: +31 (0)20 – 655 16 67
Crossborder Animal Services
Tel. +31 (0)77 398 8288
Animals To Fly / DTC bv
Tel. nr.: +31 (0)23 557 79 90
Eagle Freight
Contact: John van Velzen
Phone: +31 (0)20 316 0077

Live Horses

Leading stables and equestrian teams rely on us to carry thousands of their valuable horses every year. Our customised equipment and services ensure that your horses arrive on time and in excellent condition. In short, your horses receive royal treatment at our Animal Hotel.
  • Professional attendants accompany your horses on KLM flights
  • State-of-the-art stalls specially designed for the safety of your horses
  • Pre/post-flight stall disinfection/cleaning
  • Horses remain in our care throughout the shipping process (airport-to-airport)
  • Comfortable and secure accommodation at the Animal Hotel
  • Personal care by highly-trained staff
  • In-house EU inspection facilities
  • Veterinarian on call 24/7
  • All equine import and export facilities under one roof
  • We only do direct business with specialised horse agents. They can arrange the trucking to and from the airport, the necessary documents and the booking for you

Live Chicks

We have extensive experience in transporting day-old chicks and hatching eggs. We offer intensive care within a select network. We guarantee dedicated handling worldwide by training local handlers to ensure proper pallet build-up and ventilation. Our customised vehicles offer complete protection under all weather conditions.
  • In-house EU inspection facilities
  • In-transit accommodation at our climate-controlled Animal Hotel
  • Pallet build-up with wooden and Styrofoam spacers for optimum air flow
  • We only do business with agents and shippers (not private individuals) specialised in animal transport

Live Fish

We offer a select worldwide network for ornamental fish, serving Asia, Europe, the Americas and Africa. We ship captive-bred and wild-caught fish (marines, invertebrates, corals) as well as live aquatic plants from various origins.
  • In-transit accommodation at our climate-controlled Animal Hotel at Schiphol
  • In-house EU inspection facilities
  • Dedicated handling, pallet build-up and ramp transport by specially trained staff
  • KLM Cargo is a member of Ornamental Fish International (OFI)
    We only do business with registered agents and shippers (not with private individuals)

Live Specials

We offer customised solutions for transporting zoo animals as well as cattle and insects. We have developed special procedures to gain insight into participating zoos, game reserves and animal reception centres to ensure the animals arrive in perfect shape at their final destination. KLM Cargo is a proud member of the ATA (Animal Transportation Association) and the IATA Live Animal and Perishable Board.
  • Top quality, fully hygienic accommodation at our Animal Hotel
  • Highly qualified handling staff and inflight animal attendants
  • In-house EU inspection facilities;
  • We only do business with registered agents and shippers (not with private individuals)

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