fadgaget wrote:Hello Kjs, I was wondering if you took your pet on the same flight you took? or if you sent the pet alone through lan cargo from Scl to the US?
I shipped a dog to the US for a friend that had just moved out of Chile. I sent the dog via LAN cargo from SCL to LAX. All the basic pet freight requirements are outlined on LAN's website http://www.lancargo.com/mascotas
. Officials there didn't seem to want any dog food attached to the crate or otherwise included in the shipment. They're pretty strict to code on the crate specs (or at least the official that spoke to me was).
You can get more detailed recommendations and requirements from IATA's website and "traveller's pet corner," including crate dimensions. LAN Cargo has the necessary shipping labels and "Live Animals" stickers on hand.
It's all fairly straight forward, but does take a little time to go through the process once at the airport (carga internacional section)...mainly due to SAG, Aduanas, LAN Cargo, and Teisa, LAN's (subcontractor?) freight handler, being in generally different offices and a couple of those offices being on one side of a toll booth type i.d. check area that you have to criss-cross. Slightly lacking on the convenience factor, yet not a problem.
Since you have to contact LAN Cargo to make a reservation, it's best to talk to someone there about what type/size/weight dog you're planning on shipping. This done so you (1) cut down on shipping cost and (2) make sure the crate passes sufficient approval.
Are you planning on shipping an animal out of SCL?