HOW TO SPOT THE WARNING SIGNS OF WILDLIFE CRIME IN THE MARITIME INDUSTRY

TRAFFIC has produced a report on 21 July, saying that TRAFFIC and the WWF are supporting the shipping sector to detect illegalities passing through international waters.  Among other points made is that illegally traded wildlife does not undergo hygiene, sanitary, and phytosanitary controls; as a result, illegal wildlife trade carries risks to public health and can contribute to the spread of zoonotic diseases and invasive species around the globe.  TRAFFIC and the  WWF, have worked with multiple partners to produce guidance to help the sea cargo industry identify wildlife crime – ‘The Red Flag Compendium for Wildlife and Timber Trafficking in Containerised Cargo’ details the warning signs of corruption, smuggling, other related crimes and outlines red flags and additional tools to identify prolifically trafficked CITES-listed species, including big cats, specific marine life, large mammal species such as rhino, elephant, and timber. It includes information on at-risk routes as well as typical indicators of illicit activities such as questionable paperwork and discrepancies in information like value, weight, and appearance. Irregular behaviour, such as consignments split across multiple shipments, last-minute requests for shipment clearance and abnormal or sudden changes in routes or destinations may be signs of illegal action. 

https://www.traffic.org/site/assets/files/14693/red_flag_front_page.pdf

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Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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