Sending special cargo with Air Tahiti

Some types of cargo require special handling by our Cargo Service. Select the nature of your package below to know more about its conditions of carriage.
 

Live animals

Live animals can be transported on all Air Tahiti routes (except flights to/from Rarotonga), on a space-available basis. The transport of live animals is subject to the following specific conditions:

  • You must notify the cargo service at your departure airport as early as possible and no later than 24 hours prior to departure. Live animals are accepted as premium cargo only and special volume rates may be payable.
    > Find out how much it will cost to transport my pet.

  • All animals are allowed on board Air Tahiti flights, except:
    • Category 1 and 2 dogs (Rottweilers, pit bulls...), and mastiffs weighing 40 kg (88 lb) or more.
    • Animals showing signs of aggressiveness.
    • Animals giving off powerful, nauseating odours, such as ducks, geese, goats and pigs.
    • Infected or poisonous animals, with the exception of bees.
    • Harmful invasive species (rats, mice, red-eared slider turtles, certain birds such as the common myna and red-vented bulbul...). View the list of harmful invasive species on the website of the Rural Development Department (Service du Développement Rural). Website in french.
    • Pregnant females, except upon presentation of a veterinary certificate stating that they can be transported without risk of giving birth or being harmed, or females that have given birth within 48 hours prior to departure.
    • Animals protected by the Washington Convention (protected and endangered animals).

  • In order to protect the ecosystems of islands as yet free from certain diseases or parasites, for some species, your pet will need to be inspected by the Rural Development Department (SDR) and obtain a certificate allowing the animal to travel. This provision concerns :
    • birds belonging to the Psittacidae family (such as parakeets, lovebirds...), to the waterfowl (swans), and Columbidae (pigeons, doves...) for which the transport from Tahiti to all islands is subject to the Rural Development Department (SDR) authorization.
    • bees for which the transport from Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raivavae and Tubuai to all islands with the exception of Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raivavae and Tubuai is subject to the Rural Development Department (SDR) authorization.

    Since this process may take time, you are advised to apply well in advance.

    Dogs, cats, rabbits, roosters, hens, chicks, fish, etc ... are not subject by this measure.

  • Dogs and cats over four months old must be identified with a microchip or tattoo carried out by a vet.

  • To transport live fish, prior authorisation must be obtained from the Cargo Service. Their packaging must have a fully watertight base and be sufficiently resistant to all the different handling required.

  • Pets can be checked in at the Air Tahiti desk up to four hours prior to departure.

  • The container used to transport your pet must be suitable and approved for air transport. It must comply with the following standards:
    • It must be rigid so as to ensure your pet's safety. Animals in cardboard boxes are not permitted.
    • The base must be watertight and contain absorbent material to prevent any excrement from soiling your baggage and that of other passengers.
      It must be of sufficient size to allow the animal to stand, turn around and lie down without injuring itself.
    • On ATR flights, the height of the container may not exceed 150 cm (59 in). On Twin Otter and Beechcraft flights, it may not exceed 80 cm (31 in).
    • The container must be able to bear the weight of the animal when handled at the loading, unloading and storage stages.
    • The door must be fitted with an effective closure mechanism (padlock, strap...).
    • The container must have ventilation holes to allow sufficient ventilation for your pet and enable it to be seen.

  • The container must be labelled with the name and telephone number of the sender, recipient and a person to contact in case of emergency (24 hours a day).

  • You will need to sign a special transport declaration when checking in your pet at the cargo desk.
     

You are advised to consult your vet before your pet travels. They may be able to give you advice to ensure your pet has a smooth journey.

If your pet becomes aggressive or noisy, it may be refused carriage.

Firearms and ammunition

Firearms for hunting or sport and their ammunition can be transported as cargo on Air Tahiti routes operated by ATRs (except flights to/from Rarotonga), on a space-available basis. Their transport is subject to the following specific conditions:

  • They are accepted as premium cargo only. In addition, extra charges apply due to the special handling of this type of cargo.
    > Find out how much it will cost to transport my firearm and ammunition.

  • You will be asked to present a firearm licence. You must also notify the Department for Regulations and Control of Legality (DRCL) that you will be transporting your firearm.

  • The firearm and ammunition must be packed separately.

  • Your firearm must be unloaded and packed in a strapped airtight hard case. The safety mechanism must be activated.

  • Your ammunition must be packed in its original packaging or in a suitable hard case. Ensure it is securely packed to prevent it from knocking together. Loose ammunition or ammunition in any packaging other than those mentioned will be refused carriage. You must also pack it in packaging for dangerous goods, which is sold by the Cargo Service.

  • Ammunition must be of division 1.4S type.

  • The permitted quantity of ammunition is 25 kg (55 lb) per package.

  • You will need to sign a special transport declaration when checking in your firearm/ammunition at the cargo desk.

  • The recipient of the cargo must be there to receive it when the aircraft arrives.
     

The check-in attendant may ask you to show him your firearm and ammunition.

All other types of firearms or military weapons are prohibited on all Air Tahiti flights.

Perishable goods

Perishable goods must be in packaging appropriate to the product you wish to send and sufficiently resistant to protect the contents.

Air Tahiti sells a range of special packaging:

In Tahiti, there are chilled and frozen storage facilities for your perishable goods.
> Find out more about cold storage.

Ice packs are the only permitted method of preservation. The use of ice cubes, ice flakes or solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) is not permitted.

Because we are unable to guarantee their transport in good conditions, fresh cream cakes (e.g. birthday or wedding cakes) will not be accepted.

Other conditions are applicable to consignments of:

  • Fishery products
  • Plants and plant products
  • Meats
Dangerous goods

Air Tahiti will endeavour to transport all of your cargo. However, some items are considered dangerous where they pose a risk to your health and safety and that of the aircraft. Such items are either forbidden to be carried as cargo or in your hand or hold baggage, or restricted, which means they may be transported under certain conditions.

Dangerous goods require a special declaration, for which a fee is payable. They will be accepted in line with current legislation. For some articles, approval from the head of Air Tahiti's Dangerous Goods department will be required to transport your cargo. You are advised to request information from our staff well in advance.

If you make a false declaration about the contents of your cargo or if dangerous goods are discovered, you will be subject to criminal prosecution. The goods will be immediately confiscated and examined by the relevant authority.

Dangerous goods need to be packed in specific packaging according to the particular risk posed. For that reason, dangerous goods of different types cannot be accepted in the same package.

Packaging for dangerous goods is sold by the Cargo Service at Tahiti-Faa'a Airport. Our cargo attendant will be able to advise you. If you are staying on an island other than Tahiti and need to send dangerous goods, please contact your Air Tahiti agency as soon as possible so that your packaging can be sent to you in time.

Solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) for refrigerating perishable goods or transported on its own is not permitted as cargo.

Below is a list of the dangerous goods that are either forbidden for carriage, including as cargo, or accepted as cargo under certain conditions. If in doubt, please contact the Cargo Service.

For operational reasons, dangerous goods cannot be accepted as cargo on flights to/from Rarotonga.
 

Items forbidden under any circumstances on all Air Tahiti flights, including as cargo:
 

In general, substances capable of exploding, reacting dangerously, producing a flame or dangerous levels of heat, or giving off toxic, corrosive or flammable gases or vapours, must under no circumstances be transported on Air Tahiti flights.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of the items that are forbidden from transport on our flights:

  • Aerosols containing an irritant
  • Infected or poisonous animals, with the exception of bees
  • Military weapons and firearms other than for hunting or sport
  • Articles posing a projection hazard
  • Charcoal
  • Copra
  • Zinc dithionite
  • Explosives and articles posing a mass explosion hazard, e.g. fireworks, flares, pyrotechnic devices, detonators, military munitions, etc.
  • Toxic gases
  • Oxygen generators, full or empty
  • Security-type attaché cases, boxes or pouches for carrying cash containing dangerous goods or pyrotechnic devices
  • Substances liable to spontaneous combustion
  • Substances transported at high temperatures
  • Substances that emit flammable gases in contact with water
  • Gas combustion engines

 

Items which must be checked in as cargo and cannot be carried as hand or hold baggage.


The following items can be accepted as cargo only, subject to certain conditions and provided they are declared at check-in. To find out more about the conditions of acceptance of these items as cargo, please contact the Cargo Service.
 

List of dangerous goods accepted as cargo on ATR flights from Tahiti to destinations within French Polynesia:
 

  • Matches and gas lighters
  • Oxygen cylinders
  • Flammable gases, e.g. full camping-gas canisters, gas cartridges for hair curlers, butane, propane, acetylene, etc.
  • Empty camping stoves
  • Fuel tanks that have contained fuel such as petrol, oil or diesel, or other containers that have contained a liquid fuel
  • Torches for dancers
  • Engines powered by liquid or gaseous fuel, and engine parts, e.g. strimmers, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, boat engines, etc.
  • Flammable solids, e.g. firelighters, self-heating drinks or meals, etc.
  • Helium balloons
  • Professional washing powder
  • Objects containing a magnetised/ferromagnetic material (loudspeakers, etc.)
  • Electrical weapons (e.g. Tasers) containing dangerous substances such as explosives, compressed gases, lithium batteries, etc.
  • Oxidising substances and organic peroxides,e.g. oxygenated water, chemicals for swimming pools, bleaching powder, detergents, liquid or powder fertilisers, weedkillers, etc.
  • Corrosive substances,e.g. batteries, battery fluids, scouring products, corrosive products, acids, chlorine, bleach, etc.
  • Toxic and infectious substances,e.g. pesticides, insecticides, etc.
  • Flammable liquids,e.g. methylated spirits, surgical spirit containing over 70% alcohol by volume, some vegetable oils (e.g. monoi), essential oils, perfumed or aromatic oils and all substances containing alcohol (vanilla extract, perfume and/or concentrates) in quantities intended for professional use, paint, varnish, household products, etc.
  • Attaché cases or bags fitted with an alarm or defence mechanism
  • Heat/combustion engines, new or used
  • Aerosol sprays and other devices containing an irritant or incapacitant, such as cayenne pepper
  • Radioactive substances

 

List of dangerous goods accepted as cargo on Twin Otter or Beechcraft flights or from French Polynesian islands other than Tahiti on ATR flights:
 

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Compressed oxygen
  • Paint, paint solvent and paint thinner
  • Electrolyte, liquid acid and liquid alkaline batteries
  • Engines powered by liquid fuel, e.g. strimmers, lawnmowers, hedge trimmers, chain saws, boat engines, etc.
  • Dangerous substances contained in devices (e.g. motor pumps, fuel pumps, etc.)
  • Lithium metal or lithium-ion contained in equipment or packed with equipment
  • Consumer goods

 

Please contact the Air Tahiti Cargo Service no later than ten days prior to departure if you wish to send any dangerous goods not listed above. We will consider your request.

> Find out which dangerous goods may be carried as hand or hold baggage.

 

Medicines

If you need to send medicines to the islands, please make sure you tell our staff whether it is urgent or not. If it is urgent, your medicines will be sent as premium cargo.

Valuable items

If the item you are sending is valuable, you are advised to make a special statement of interest at the value, in order to benefit from a higher level of protection in the event of damage or loss. An additional fee is payable for this declaration.

Air Tahiti agrees to transport goods up to a declared value of XPF 1,000,000. They will be transported as premium cargo only.
Beyond 1,000,000 F, we recommend that you take out an additional insurance.

The packaging used for your valuable items must be robust and completely closed. Inappropriate packaging (damaged box, box with holes in, etc.) will result in the goods being refused.

Fishery products

Fishery products (mussels, oysters, fish, shellfish, etc.) can be transported on Air Tahiti flights provided they are packed in a container that meets the following requirements:

  • Clean, odourless, airtight, icebox-type container.
  • It must have no cracks, in order to prevent any leakage onto passengers' baggage or other cargo.
  • Its opening and lid must be reinforced (e.g. with adhesive tape) to prevent any risk of leakage, loss or the introduction of illegal substances or objects into your package. For flights from the islands, packages are sealed after their contents have been inspected by an Air Tahiti agent.
  • Cardboard boxes are not permitted because of the moisture produced by this type of product, which causes them to deteriorate and tear.
  • For handling reasons when loading the aircraft hold, iceboxes may not exceed 80 x 40 x 50 cm (31 x 15.5 x 19 in).
     

Air Tahiti sells isotherm packaging for the transport of frozen products, previously wrapped in plastic.

Ice packs are the only permitted method of preservation. The use of ice cubes or flakes or solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) is not permitted.

Plants and plant products

There are strict rules governing the transport of fruit, vegetables, flowers and other plants or seeds between islands, aimed at limiting the spread of diseases and parasites in the islands.

All plants and products of plant origin to be sent as cargo are subject to phytosanitary (plant health) control. You will be asked to present a phytosanitary certificate.

For departures from Tahiti, your products need to be presented at the office of the Plant Protection Department (Département de la Protection des Végétaux) in Motu Uta.

For departures from the other islands, you must present your items at the Rural Development Service (Service du Développement Rural).

Only the SDR officer who inspects your products has the authority to decide whether a phytosanitary treatment is necessary.

The treatment and the issue of the phytosanitary certificate are free of charge.

> For further information on phytosanitary control and treatment, click here.

The packaging protecting your plants and plant products must be sufficiently resistant to withstand other hold cargo.

Air Tahiti sells a range of special packaging which you can use to send your plants and plant products:

Meats

Fresh or frozen meat can be transported on Air Tahiti flights if the meat is packed in isotherm, watertight and resistant packaging.

Due to the moisture produced by this type of product, cardboard packaging is not permitted, because it tends to tear.

The packaging must have no cracks, in order to prevent any leakage onto passengers' baggage or other cargo.

Its opening must be covered over (e.g. with adhesive tape) to prevent any risk of loss or the introduction of illegal substances or objects into your package. For flights from the islands, packages are sealed after their contents have been inspected by an Air Tahiti agent.

Air Tahiti sells isotherm packaging for the transport of frozen products, previously wrapped in plastic.

For handling reasons when loading the aircraft hold, iceboxes must not exceed 80 litres.

Ice packs are the only permitted method of preservation. The use of ice cubes, ice flakes or solid carbon dioxide (dry ice) is not permitted.

In Tahiti, there are chilled and frozen storage facilities for your perishable goods.

> Find out more about cold storage.
 

Beekeeping products and equipment

Honey, royal jelly, propolis, pollen collected by bees, beeswax and used beekeeping equipment  are subject to the Rural Development Department (SDR) authorization from Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raivavae and Tubuai to the other islands of French Polynesia.



Sending cargo

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