Illicit Trade on 6th August reported on a new study produced by non-profit research organisation C4ADS. The report, which examines worldwide airport seizures of illegal wildlife products between 2009 and last year, identified instances of smuggling in at least 136 countries across the globe, with data for 2017 showing a large increase in seizures of rhino horn, which nearly tripled compared to the previous year. It says that the report recommends that airport authorities should make greater efforts to identify and prosecute wildlife smugglers, noting that traffickers currently benefit from customs screening primarily focussing on security rather than contraband. Smugglers are said to target sites that have a reputation for paying little attention to the goods that pass through customs checks.
The report, “In Plane Sight”, is available at –