Flying horses to China’s Hohhot

China Interocean Transport (CIT), a US-based logistics company owned by China’s Sinotrans, recently delivered 54 ‘flying horses’from Chicago to Hohhot, China. Each of these Thoroughbred, Saddlebred, Mininature and Standardbred horses came from leading horse farms in Illinois. The prized horses cost more than 10 million Chinese Yuan (US$1.6 million) and took the buyer more than […]


China Interocean Transport (CIT), a US-based logistics company owned by China’s Sinotrans, recently delivered 54 ‘flying horses’from Chicago to Hohhot, China. Each of these Thoroughbred, Saddlebred, Mininature and Standardbred horses came from leading horse farms in Illinois. The prized horses cost more than 10 million Chinese Yuan (US$1.6 million) and took the buyer more than six months to choose from hundreds of horses. CIT employees in the US handling this air shipment were involved in much more than their normal responsibilities of coordinating with customers, shippers and negotiating with air carriers. Special horse crates had to be custommade for the different sized horses. Some of the horses were not so happy about entering these unusual crates for the flight and took substantial coaxing to convince the more reluctant ones that it was safe to enter. In the end each horse was safely loaded and more than 20 hours later they arrived in China where they will stay in quarantine for 45 days before being transported to their new home, according to CIT.