Livestock owners and exporters in Ohio and surrounding states have a convenient new option to consider when transporting animals overseas now that Rickenbacker International Airport has been designated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as an approved port for the embarkation of animals. The airport’s first flight of livestock took place on March 23 in partnership with TLT Silver Tiger Logistics. 

“Very few airports in the United States are designated for live animal export services and this is a tremendous opportunity for us to develop new business partnerships,” said Bryan Schreiber, Manager, Business Development – Air Cargo for Columbus Regional Airport Authority. “TLT chose Rickenbacker for this service based on our proven ability to safely and efficiently import and export international cargo on regularly scheduled freighter service as well as charters. We look forward to becoming an integral part of the livestock supply chain, offering high-quality service in a safe, humane environment.”

Located within a one-day drive of nearly 50 percent of the U.S. and 30 percent of Canada’s populations, Rickenbacker’s location is ideal for transporting freight that needs to be moved promptly to and from the eastern United States.

“When we began looking for a new airport to transport our sensitive and specialized freight, the people at Rickenbacker were very helpful and accommodating,” said Larry Baker, Manager Livestock Operations, TLT Silver Tiger Logistics. “They have taken a keen interest in learning the unique policies and procedures involved with transporting livestock and we are very happy with the service we have received.

“With Ohio leading the nation in the export of livestock genetics, I believe this partnership has significant opportunity to expand in the future,” Baker continued.