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Europe Animal Transportation Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Animal (Cattle, Pigs, Poultry, Pets, Sheep & Goats, and Others), Type (Personal and Commercial), and Regional Forecast, 2020-2032

Last Updated: May 06, 2024 | Format: PDF | Report ID: FBI104209



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Europe animal transportation market size stood at USD 408.46 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 648.65 million by 2032, exhibiting a CAGR of 4.45% during the forecast period based on our analysis in the existing report.

Factors such as increasing urbanization, rising demand for animal protein, and growing pet adoption rates are predicted to aid the market growth in the coming years. Animals are transported both nationwide and worldwide for slaughter, breeding, and fattening purposes. European live animal production standards are exceptionally high as compared to those from other parts of the world. Thus, the export of European live animals can increase in the forthcoming years. In order to increase global prominence, key players are investing actively in technology and upgrading their existing systems and devices to offer higher convenience to pets while traveling.

  • For instance, in January 2020, Delta Airlines introduced an upscale alternative for four-legged animals, a pet-carrier that has a GPS tracking system, a built-in water bowl, and a triple locking door which costs around US$ 850. The CarePod crate allows tracking the pet’s journey which is monitored and supervised by the trained experts.

Considerable Drop in International & Domestic Travel to Impede Business during COVID-19 Pandemic

The outbreak of COVID-19 has had a negative impact on the Europe animal transportation industry. The considerable drop in international as well as domestic travel and an increase in the number of flights being canceled are expected to negatively affect the overall market growth. Some of the airline companies have stopped carrying live animals completely and some have restricted passengers to travel with pets. Moreover, reduced demand across meat markets leading to the closure of many live animals (animals that are slaughtered for meat) markets due to disruption in logistical channels and drop in demand is predicted to further affect the market growth.

The European government has included live farm animals in a list of precedence goods that can pass borders easily via green lanes which are expected to reduce the impact of the pandemic on the market. However, with the increasing possibility of slaughterhouses becoming the source of coronavirus, buyers are avoiding the purchase of meat and as a result, the volume of revenue of animal transporters is anticipated to decrease. Moreover, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, pet parents will avoid the relocation of their pet animal, which in turn, can negatively affect the market growth.


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Adoption of Blockchain Logistics in Animal Transportation is a Prominent Trend

Companies in the animal transportation market perform based on their ability to adapt to buyer needs and implement new technologies that benefit them in raising their efficiency and lowering their costs of transportation. The blockchain logistics system is based on distributed ledger technology that makes animal transportation more transparent and efficient. The system enables the perfect use of technology to facilitate shipment, payment process, shipping details, and others to help the sector function smoothly. The increasing adoption of such advanced technologies which will allow more organized operations is predicted to boost the market growth in the forthcoming years.


Rising Demand for Animals from Slaughterhouses to Boost Market Growth

The rise in population and increasing awareness regarding the health benefits associated with animal protein consumption has led to an increase in meat consumption. The demand for white and red meat is rising across various parts of Europe as they are one of the prominent sources of high-quality protein. Henceforth, the increased demand for live animals from slaughterhouses to produce and supply more meat is predicted to drive the European animal transportation market.

Although the European government bodies are promoting animal slaughtering as locally as possible and meat transportation to avoid animal death or injury during transportation, however, the transportation of some particular live animals for meat in some European countries is still a necessity. Moreover, the increasing domestic transportation of animals due to fattening and breeding purposes is expected to positively impact market growth.

Increasing Adoption of Internet of Things (IoT) in Animal Logistics Industry to Aid Growth

The increasing urbanization has led to the rise in the pet adoption rate. Increasing pet ownership is projected to impact the animal transportation sector positively. The Internet of things (IoT) permits pet owners to continuously monitor their pets during the journey, and therefore consumers are ready to invest in their pet's journey to comfort them and to know more about their well-being. Moreover, recent advancements in IoT technology is predicted to further drive the market growth. For instance, in February 2018, Unisys Corporation, a U.S.-based IT firm, introduced a new Internet-of-Things device, Digi-Pet, which would help users to monitor their pets in aircraft cargo holds.


Strict Regulations Regarding Animal Transport to Restrict Growth

Transport includes numerous possible stressors that can affect animal health negatively which can further impact the quality of the final product. The unfamiliar and new surroundings during animal transportation such as movement restrictions, strange noises, vehicle vibrations, mixing with other animals, and often water and feed limitations all have an impact on the animals’ state. Therefore, European countries are introducing various policies to stop live animal trade and to reduce animal losses during transportation, which can further hamper the market growth. For instance, in April 2018, the UK introduced a new policy that has indicated a ban on exporting live animals for slaughter. Moreover, increasing incidences of animal death or injury during transportation are anticipated to further restrain market growth.   


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Cattle Segment to Dominate the European Marketplace

Among European countries, the regional production of milk and other dairy products is not equal to regional consumption, and this is one of the primary reasons for the transport of cattle between European countries and countries outside of this region. The massive gap between total milk production and milk demand will lead to an increase in the trade of cattle within the region. Furthermore, increasing the domestic transportation of cattle due to fattening and breeding purposes is predicted to positively impact the segment’s growth.

The pet segment is anticipated to grow at a significant pace during the forecast period. Planning a pet animal’s relocation can be a hectic job owing to the complicated rules of different countries and airlines. Thus, pet parents are inclined towards animal transporters to ensure the safe and comfortable journey of their pets. Moreover, factors such as increasing pet adoption rate, rising household income, and increasing concerns regarding pet well-being and security are anticipated to boost the demand for pet relocation services.

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Commercial Segment to Hold Major Share Fueled by Rising Demand from Dairy Industry

The commercial segment held the largest share in the Europe animal transportation market in 2019. Thousands of farm animals are daily transported within Europe and to third countries for slaughter, breeding, and fattening. The increasing production of pork within the region and intensifying demand for animals from the dairy industry and slaughterhouses continue to have a positive effect on the revenue generation of animal transporters from the commercial segment.

Moreover, Europe produces more farm animals than required within the region and hence, it is exported to the other regions. For instance, in 2018, the total number of animals totaled was 87 million bovine animals, approx. 100 million sheep and goats, 147 million swine, 290 million laying hens, and other types of animals, from rabbits to horses. The increasing farm animal trade within or outside of Europe is expected to positively impact the segment growth.


France is the leading market for animal transportation at present and it is anticipated to account for a major proportion of the market during the forecast period as well. In 2019, France's animal transportation market was valued at USD 185.61 million and this market is expected to rise at a CAGR of 4.77% during the forecast period. The increasing number of pet animals and rising concerns regarding pet transportation are predicted to drive the regional market. Moreover, the live animal production standards in France are high compared with those from other parts of the region, therefore, the demand for France live animals can increase in upcoming years, which will further boost the market growth.

Bulgaria is predicted to witness the highest CAGR in the Europe market. The rise in consumption of meat and poultry products due to the growing popularity of animal protein and an increase in household income is expected to boost the trade of live animals. The increase in livestock transported to Bulgaria for slaughtering and dairy purposes is predicted to positively impact the regional market growth.

Germany is predicted to hold a significant share in the market. Meat processing is one of the significant economic sectors in Germany. For instance, according to the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), in 2019, the turnover for the meat processing industry was around USD 47.5 billion and German companies produced nearly 8 million tons of meat in 2019. The growing meat processing sector and rising regional farm animal transportation i.e. from farm to slaughterhouses or from farm to fattening place are driving the growth momentum of the regional market.


Emphasis of Key Players on Joint Ventures and Mergers & Acquisitions to Strengthen Their Positions

Major players such as FedEx, Lufthansa Cargo Ag, and Air France are proactively strengthening their market position by acquiring niche market players. Moreover, due to the entry of new players and intense competition in the market the existing players are conscious about their market positioning. Henceforth, they are embarking on mergers & acquisitions and collaboration to compete in the market.

February 2020 - Air France in a joint venture with KLM, Delta Air Lines, and Virgin Atlantic will expand the traveling routes and introduce more flights for customers to travel. The expanded joint venture between the airlines is expected to deliver greater reliability, travel benefits, and other services that will facilitate the customer’s journey.

December 2019 - FedEx acquired TNT, a cargo airline operating chartered flight mainly to European destinations. The two companies have merged their operations and are aiming to expand their operations in Iceland in cooperation with Icelandair Cargo. Such acquisitions and collaborations will aid the company to broaden its passenger and animal transport business.


  • United Parcel Service (Georgia, United States)

  • FedEx (Tennessee, United States)

  • Gradlyn GmbH (Germany)

  • American Emo Trans Inc., (United States)

  • American Airlines Inc., (Texas, United States)

  • Amerijet International Inc., (Florida, United States)

  • Air France (Tremblay-en-France)

  • DSV Panalpina A/S (Hedehusene, Denmark)

  • IAG Cargo (Hounslow, United Kingdom)

  • Herfurth Logistics (Antwerpen, Belgium)


  • In June 2020, Brussels airport opened a new Animal Care & Inspection Center that is capable of adjusting light and temperature levels of the animals depending on their needs. This animal accommodation can be used for both small and large animals.

  • In January 2019, Bliss Pet Services started its shipping services in Bahrain, a country situated in the Gulf region. The animals are transported in cargo planes in collaboration with an airline company Air Cargo World, that confirms the safety of the animals. This will also aid in expanding the geographical outreach of the company and an increase in revenue generation.

  • In November 2019, FedEx Express launched new aircraft Boeing 767F in Spain, in order to modernize its fleet. The aircraft has superior environmental performance, which includes noise reduction which will aid in easing the animal transportation process.


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The report offers qualitative and quantitative insights on the Europe market and a detailed analysis of market size and growth rate for all possible segments in the market. Along with this, the report provides an elaborative analysis of the market dynamics and competitive landscape. Various key insights provided in the report are the overview of related markets, recent industry developments such as mergers & acquisitions, the regulatory scenario in key countries, and key industry trends.

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Animal, Type, and Country

By Animal


  • Cattle

  • Pigs

  • Poultry

  • Pets

  • Sheep & Goats

  • Others

By Type


  • Personal

  • Commercial

By Country


  • Germany

    • By Animal

    • By Type

  • France

    • By Animal

    • By Type

  • Italy

    • By Animal

    • By Type

  • United Kingdom

    • By Animal

    • By Type

  • Russia

    • By Animal

    • By Type

  • Austria

    • By Animal

    • By Type

  • Bulgaria

    • By Animal

    • By Type


Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the Market stood at USD 408.46 million in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 516.75 million by 2027.

Registering a CAGR of 4.3%, the Market will exhibit healthy growth during the forecast period (2020-2027).

The cattle segment is expected to hold a prominent share in the Market .

The escalating demand for animals from slaughterhouses and the dairy industry is projected to drive the growth of the market.

Air France, Amerijet International, FedEx Corp., and Delta Airlines Inc. are some of the top players operating in the market.

France is expected to hold the highest share in the market.

The commercial segment is expected to hold the dominant share in the Europe market.

The adoption of blockchain logistics in animal transportation is an emerging trend in the market.

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