Shipper’s Declaration Letter & Embargo List
Shipper’s Declaration Letter & Embargo List

Embargo List for Live Animals

1) Animals intended for laboratory, experiment, research and testing purposes

2) Greyhounds for dog racing purpose

3) Korean squirrel and skunk

4) Shipments declared as “Hunting Trophy”, “Animal Trophy”, “Mounted Trophy” or “Country specific (e.g. Africa) Trophy”

5) All kinds of bird, whether wild-caught or captive-bred, with the following EXCEPTIONS:

  • Domestic birds, such as day-old live poultry, e.g. chicks, ducklings, turkey poults and racing pigeons;
  • Non-commercial personal pets (captive-bred birds) forwarded between individuals;
  • Birds being transported between legitimate scientific institutions including recognised zoological and ornithological gardens;
  • Birds being transported to a location for generic regeneration.  i.e. captive-bred birds transported to a location to be released into the wild.

6) Fins of all sharks and rays

7) Cetaceans (dolphins, whales and porpoises), wild-caught or captive-bred, that are transported for amusement or performance purposes will not be accepted for carriage

8) Ivory and ivory-related products

9) Rhino horn

10) Tiger pelts, bones

11) The following fighting breeds of dog:

  • American Pit Bull
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasiliero
  • Japanese Tosa


12) Due to the Brachycephalic (snub-nosed, short snout or flat face) breeds of dogs and cats are susceptible in increased risk of heat stroke and breathing problems when exposed to stress and extreme heat, Cathay Pacific Airways will not accept brachycephalic, snub-nosed or mixed breeds of snub-nosed animals when the “Breed” on the Health Certificate states the following:




British Shorthair

Boston Terrier



Exotic Shorthair

Brussels Griffon

Himalayan Cat

Bulldog (all breeds)

Persian Cat

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Scottish Fold

Chow Chow

Sphynx Cat

Dogue de Bordeaux


English Toy Spaniel


Japanese Chin (Japanese Spaniel)


Lhasa Apso


Mastiff (all breeds)




Pug (all breeds)


Shar Pei


Tibetan Spaniel


Shih Tzu


Staffordshire Bull Terrier


Please download and send the shipper's declaration letter to CX office after signed and attach one copy to Air Waybill for export use.



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