Hygiene Protocols for the Prevention and Control of Diseases (Particularly Beak and Feather Disease) in Australian Birds

Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2006

10. Transportation Protocols for Birds and Samples

Live Birds

Live birds may be transported by land, water or air. In Australia, land and air transportation is usually preferred. IATA regulations have been adopted by many land as well as air transporters (IATA 2005). The IATA Live Animals Regulations (LAR) are available for sale at the IATA Website. Read the Transportation protocol for Live Birds (PDF - 36 KB)


Although most packaging instructions apply to consignments of bodies and tissues by air, many couriers require similar compliance for land shipment of such specimens. The IATA Dangerous Goods Regulations (IATA 2006) are available for sale at the IATA website.

It is important that guidelines for the safe packaging and transportation of infectious substances are strictly followed. The sender, carrier, postal employees, airline and other transportation personnel, as well as the receiver, must all be protected from the possibility of acquiring infection from exposure to infectious microorganisms that might escape from broken, leaking or improperly packaged material.

The packaging of bodies and tissue samples for transportation must minimise the potential for damage during transportation, as well as ensure the integrity of the specimens for their rapid and meaningful processing. Read the  Transportation protocol for bodies and tissues (PDF - 20 KB)