7. Should the container be of a certain size or is the charge based on weight alone?
The size of animal determines the size of the container. The container must allow the animal to stand and sit with head and ears erect, and not touching the top of the container. The animal must also be able to turn about normally in the container while standing, and to lie in a comfortable, natural position, with paws extended.
The freight charge is based on the weight of the consignment (including the weight of the container) or so-called volume weight, which is calculated using the outside measurements of the container. The greater weight is used to determine the price. In practice, most animal shipments are priced based on the outside measurements of the container.
For example, a dog and its container weigh 35 kg and the size of the container is 90 x 60 x 72 cm.
The volume weight is calculated by dividing the cubic centimetres of the consignment by 6 000. 6 dm3 = 1 kg and 1 m3 = approximately 167 kg.
90 x 60 x 72 cm divided by 6 000 = 64,8 kg.
The freight charge is always paid at the departure airport. The consignee who collects the animal will pay any terminal-specific charges that apply at the destination airport.
More information about pricing (See Before the flight: Pricing)