The Animal Welfare Act (AWA) sets the federal standard for the care and treatment of animals in research, exhibition, and transport. Enforced by the USDA and APHIS, the act requires animal transporters to register so that their customers are guaranteed the mandatory quality of service.
If you intend to transport pets but have not yet registered with the USDA, this article will walk you through the steps you should take. The process is free of charge and fairly straightforward, bringing tangible benefits. Just as a recent example, USDA-registered transporters on CitizenShipper are shown to win their bids 13% more frequently than unregistered ones.
If you're interested in building trust and inspiring confidence in customers, here's what you should do to register with the USDA.
Step One: Choose the registration that applies to you
For most transporters operating on CitizenShipper, either a class T (carrier) or class H (handler) registration will suffice. There's no charge associated with either of them.
Step Two: Download the required documentation
Once you've selected the type of registration you're after, simply download the application kit from the same webpage. It comes in the form of a PDF document, which you can download to your device.
Most pet transporters will need the file titled CLASS R, H, AND T REGISTRATION, so click that one to download and print it out.
Step Three: Fill out the forms and mail them in
Once you've printed out the document, all you need to do is fill it out. It's a pretty standard form – if you've filled out a credit application or tax certificate before, you should be able to handle it.
After filling out the form, just mail it in. The address currently used by the USDA to accept applications is 2150 Centre Avenue Building B, Mailstop 3W11, Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117. If you need to get in touch with them, the email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and the phone number is (970) 494-7478.
Step Four: Add USDA info to your CitizenShipper profile
Your official USDA certificate of registration should arrive in the mail within a few weeks. Once it does, you can upload it here for CitizenShipper to instantly verify. This will add a USDA-certified checkmark to your driver profile, informing potential customers of your officially recognized status.
As mentioned above, our data shows that registered transporters have a clear bidding advantage over their competition. Inspiring trust in a customer can make all the difference between winning or losing a shipment.
And if you're already registered with the USDA but aren't showing it on your CitizenShipper profile, don't forget to submit your certificate for verification.
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