Special Requirements for Snub-Nose Breeds
Air Canada Cargo adheres to strict regulations for the transport of all live animals. We regularly review our procedures and guidelines to ensure that animals travelling with Air Canada Cargo are safe and comfortable.
Please note the following changes effective September 29, for the transport of the brachycephalic (snub-nose) breeds indicated below.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
Pit-bull (all breeds)
|Mastiff (all breeds)
Dogue de Bordeaux
Mastiff (all breeds)
Temperature Restrictions: 24˚C Limit
Brachycephalic (snub-nose) breeds are susceptible to increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to heat or stress. Starting September 29, Air Canada Cargo will not accept the breeds listed above for transportation on days where the temperature is higher than 24 degrees Celsius, at any point of the journey.
Brachycephalic breeds must also be placed in containers that meet specific requirements as of September 29:
- Use a container that is one size larger than indicated for the animal’s size
This will increase the airflow in the container.
- The container must have ventilation holes on four sides
Tip: Help your pet and let it get used to the container prior to travel. Let your animal spend time in the container at home several days before travel.
For more information about kennel requirements, please visit our AC Live section
US-Bound Dogs Must Now Be Immunized Against Rabies
Effective August 11, 2014, the US Center for Disease Control requires that all dogs travelling to or being transported to the United Sates be fully immunized against rabies prior to entering the US.
The rabies vaccination must be administered no earlier than 12 weeks of age, and at least 30 days before arrival at a US port of entry. This means the youngest that a puppy can be to enter the US is 4 months of age.
Proof of immunization will be required for all dogs travelling to the US. Please make sure to have this documentation with you when bringing a dog to Air Canada Cargo. Visit our AC Live section for more information.
Shipments Affected by Canada’s Economic Sanctions Against Russia
Please be advised that to comply with the Government of Canada’s current economic sanctions against Russia, Air Canada Cargo cannot accept the following types of shipments that have a final destination in Russia until further notice:
- Military equipment
- Oil field and oil exploration equipment
New requirements for transport of puppies and kittens
Air Canada Cargo is changing some of the requirements for the transport of puppies and kittens. For the comfort and well-being of these young animals, please note that effective August 15:
- A valid health certificate from a veterinarian will be required for all puppies and kittens travelling on Air Canada Cargo, including those travelling within Canada.
- The minimum age for puppies and kittens to travel on Air Canada Cargo will change to 12 weeks. Puppies and kitten under 12 weeks of age will not be accepted for carriage.
We thank you for your cooperation. For questions, please contact your local Air Canada Cargo representative, or contact acLive@aircanada.ca.
Strong dog breeds travelling with Air Canada Cargo
For their safety and comfort, strong dog breeds travelling with Air Canada Cargo must now be placed in containers that fall under requirement 82 of the IATA Live Animal Regulations. These containers are more robust than conventional plastic containers used to transport animals.
The following breeds are considered strong and are affected by this change:
- American bulldog
- Pit-bull (all breeds)
- American Staffordshire terrier
- Caucasian Shepherd
- Dogo Argentina
- Fila Brasileiro
- Mastiff (all breeds)
- Anatolian Shepherd
- Presa Canario
- Band dog
- Wolf Dog Hybrids
To find out more about the specifications for these containers, please contact an Air Canada Cargo Live agent (number or email) or your local Air Canada Cargo station.
If you have an existing booking for one of the breeds listed above, please call the station of origin to obtain the correct container specifications.
New Location for Goods Acceptance in Boston
Effective June 18, goods acceptance for Air Canada Cargo at Boston Logan International Airport is moving to the left side of the warehouse. We continue to serve you at the same address, 112 Harborside Drive, Bldg 63, c/o Swissport Cargo.
All other activities continue at their usual location.
Thank you for your cooperation.
As of June 16, Air Canada Cargo will have a new address at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York:
Air Canada Cargo
c/o CAS, Consolidated Aviation Services
Building 151, suite M10
JAMAICA, NY 11430
Contact information remains the same for our local sales team:
Telephone: (617) 567-6103 / 1 (888) 551-4888
A simplified security screening charges in the United Kingdom
Effective February 1, 2014, a minimum security screening fee of £25.00 or .15p per kilo will apply, per consignment, regardless of the screening method required.
For additional information, please contact our the Air Canada Cargo Customer Service Unit in the UK on 0871 224 3600, available 7 days a week.
Are you sending presents?
To be compliant with Transport Canada’s Security Screening guidelines, our agents may need to open packages for security screening. Holiday wrapping may need to be removed and may be damaged during this process.
To find out more about shipping packages with Air Canada Cargo, click Contact Us to find a local Air Canada Cargo station or representative.
Effective Nov. 23, We Have a New Address in St. John's
The YYT Air Canada Cargo station is moving to a brand new facility to serve you better.
Our current station will be closed to the public as of 19:00 on November 22.
Effective November 23, 2013, 10:00 AM, all operations for this station will be located at:
114 Airport Service Road
St. John's International Airport
St. John's, NL
Telephone and fax numbers remain the same:
1-855-457-2448, option 4.
We look forward to serving you at our new facility.
HAWB Fee for Israel Will Apply Starting November 17
As mandated by Israel Customs, consolidation shipments to Israel tendered to Air Canada Cargo need to be reported down to the House Air Waybill (HAWB) level starting November 17, 2013.
Forwarders can supply data to Air Canada Cargo either electronically or on paper. The data will be transmitted at wheels up.
The fees for electronic transmission (FHL and CPS) will apply as follows:
- CAD 3.50/HAWB
- CAD18.00/HAWB for manual entry
Thank you for your cooperation.
Save time on your bookings with the spreadsheet booking on CPS (Cargo Portal Services)!
CPS now allows you to upload up to 25 bookings simultaneously using Microsoft Excel 2007 or 2010. It's a great tool for those who make several bookings daily or weekly, especially if the bookings are always the same.
After uploading your spreadsheet, CPS will email a status of each booking to the email address specified in your profile. You can manage each shipment at any time, as usual.
Give it a try! For those of you who already use CPS, the tool is located under BOOKING > SPREADSHEET BOOKING.
If you have any questions about using this functionality, please contact email@example.com.
Air Canada Cargo is pleased to announce the resumption of service to and from Havana, Holguin, and Varadero, Cuba effective August 1.
Handling Fee to Be Applied to Active Temperature Controlled Units Not Retrieved After 24 Hours
Air Canada Cargo would like to remind its customers that freight shipped in active temperature controlled units needs to be retrieved from our facilities in a timely manner.
To ensure the integrity of their contents, active temperature controlled units (such as Envirotainer or CSafe) require constant monitoring. When these units are in our possession, Air Canada Cargo employees verify the battery voltage, temperature and monitor dry ice levels every two hours, and apply corrective measures when required.
We regularly evaluate our pricing structure to ensure we continue to provide our customers with the best quality and customer service at competitive prices.
New Fee Effective June 17, 2013
As such, effective, Mon, June 17, 2013, a handling fee of US $50 per hour will be applicable on freight shipped in an active temperature-controlled unit that is still in an Air Canada Cargo facility (or a handler’s) 24 hours after flight arrival.
The fee will begin to be charged exactly 24 hours and one minute after arrival (ie, 12:01 on Sunday for a shipment that arrived Saturday at 12:00). The fee will be applied to the air waybill of the affected shipment by an Air Canada Cargo Agent at retrieval time. It will be rounded up or down to the closest half hour and the charges calculated accordingly.Please note the following exceptions:
- The charge is only applicable on freight stored at final destination stations.
- The charge doesn’t apply to shipments with more than 24 hours of connection time.
- The fee will not be applied to freight when the final destination is in South America, since here the consignee deals directly with the sufferance warehouse.
- For shipments rebooked for reasons beyond the customer's control, the deadline for retrieving the shipment will be extended by 24 hours. However, the charge will apply after 24 hours for shipments that are rebooked by the customer.
We thank you for your cooperation.
Effective April 1, we have a new address at Boston - BOS.
Boston Logan Intl Airport
Air Canada Cargo
112 Harborside Drive
East Boston, MA 02128
The new location is just across the street from our current location.
Effective April 1, 2013, our YQB station (Québec City) will close at 18:00 Monday to Friday.
Business hours will be from 7:00 to 18:00 Monday to Friday.
Air Canada Cargo will no longer accept UN3090, lithium metal or lithium alloy cells and batteries as cargo on Air Canada aircraft. This applies to Section IA, IB and Section II batteries of Packing Instruction 968.
Please note that this prohibition does not apply to:
- Lithium metal or lithium alloy cells or batteries packed with or contained in equipment (UN3091) in accordance with Packing Instruction 969 and 970;
- Lithium ion cells and batteries (UN3480 and UN3481) in accordance with Packing Instructions 965, 966 and 967.
Air Canada will place a Carrier Variation in the 55th Edition (2014) of the IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations.
For questions, please contact Trevor Howard, Manager, Cargo Safety and Dangerous Goods Standards at firstname.lastname@example.org.
YDF: No in-bond shipments until further notice
In-bond shipments are not accepted until further notice.
Normal hours during BC Family Day
Please note that Air Canada Cargo is in full operation on Family Day, Monday February 11 in British Columbia. As such, normal storage fees will be applied if freight is not retrieved as per the specified normal time period following arrival.
Air Canada Express Stations: Temporary Limitations on Freight Requiring Security Screening
Effective immediately and until further notice at Air Canada Express stations in Canada only, there is a size and weight limitation placed on freight requiring a security screening examination as per the Transport Canada Air Cargo Security Program.
Due to security screening constraints at these stations, freight from unsecure shippers must meet the following conditions to be accepted (per piece):
- Maximum individual piece weight: 77 lbs / 35 kg
- Maximum individual piece width of 29 inches / 74 centimeters
- Maximum individual piece height of 21 inches / 53 centimeters
Please note that these restrictions are temporary and we are working closely with the regulatory authorities to resolve the issue.
YQR, YMM, YYJ: Embargo on Freight From Unknown Shippers Ends January 28
Please be advised that until January 28, our Regina, Fort McMurray and Victoria stations can only accept shipments tendered by Transport Canada Registered Shippers or Approved Participants. During this period, at these stations only, there is an embargo on shipments tendered by unknown shippers, as well as all freight to the United States that has not been screened by an Approved Participant.
Starting January 28, freight from unknown shippers will be accepted and screened at these stations, and the security screening fee will apply.
Shipments of live human organs, blood, blood products, bone marrow and diplomatic shipments can continue to be tendered, as these shipments are exempt from screening.
We thank you for your cooperation.
New hours of operation for Calgary (YYC)
The hours of operation for our cargo facility at YYC are now 05:30 to midnight, daily.
YYT: New Hours of Operation Starting Oct. 22
Effective October 22, 2012, the closing time for our Cargo facility at YYT will be 1900 daily. The hours of operation will be: Daily 0500 – 1900
Upcoming Procedural Changes to Security Screening, Canadian and US Stations
To meet guidelines set forth by Transport Canada and the TSA that come into effect December 31, 2012, Air Canada Cargo must make certain changes to its acceptance process. Visit our Security Screening section for description of the procedural changes and the date of implementation by station.
Effective August 31, we have a new address at JFK
JFK International Airport
Air Canada Cargo c/o Swissport Cargo Services
Building 22, Room 206
Jamaica NY 11430
View the full contact information on our Contact Us page.
Security Screening Requirements for TLV
Transport Canada requires that for flights departing from Canada to Israel, all shipments , including shipper loaded units, must be security screened, regardless of the security status of the shipper. Please be aware this may cause a delay. Contact your local Air Canada representative for details.
MAWB Statement Update for Goods From Yemen or Somalia
Due to enhanced screening requirements, the statement No Goods From Yemen or Somalia Contained no longer needs to be included in the Description Box of the Master Air Waybill (MAWB).
Resolved: Technical Issue With Electronic Release Forms
The technical issue with the electronic releases has been resolved and all electronic shipments are now up-to-date.
We apologize for this disruption.