New post Transportation and logistics sector joins global war on wildlife crime


Hugh Paxton’s Blog had planned to attend this conference but I have been banned. My wife. She’s going and thinks it clumsy for two Paxtons to share a venue of this stature. I suggested that I could drum up a phony set of business cards, re-christen myself “Bapheloupe Edgbaston Stairs”, stop writing for the Japan Times and appoint myself foreign correspondent for The Dry Tortugas Chronicle. Also some sort of false beard and nose to shroud my identity might be in order.

Rather patiently she explained that this sort of thinking was just one (of many) reasons why I should stay at home and never be seen in public with her.

I sometimes suspect that if we had a large, rambling, owl-haunted mansion in the depths of the bleakest Yorkshire Dales, with a turret, she’d lock me in it. The turret. There have been a few exceptions but by and large I am capable of functioning in public without starting a squabble or brawl or a heckling match or falling asleep during a government minister’s speech right in front of a CNN camera crew.

I rather like these events actually and normally meet old friends and it’s always fun trying to be in three rooms listening to three presentations of great interest scheduled simultaneously and then spending several hours with nothing going on at all.

But today the joy is all my wife’s.

A bit childish, and I’m the first to admit it, but after my ban I had a suggestion to make.

“Why aren’t you making a presentation, darling? This topic is just your sort of thing! You’ve got the power point presentation, you know your stuff, you’ll be wonderful! Just what this conference needs!”

This evil suggestion had all the desired effects. My beloved wife groaned, sighed, wanted to kill me and then went upstairs to design her presentation and make all the necessary arrangements.

I look forward to reading all about it as opposed to writing all about it.

My esteemed brother, Charles, and Andy Luck have turned their attentions to this conference and have the following to say:

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charlespaxton posted: "(TRAFFIC Press Release Bangkok, Thailand, 28th January 2015— Representatives from across the transportation and logistics sector meet later this week in Bangkok for a consultative workshop together with Customs officials, supply chain experts and wildlife"

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Transportation and logistics sector joins global war on wildlife crime

by charlespaxton

(TRAFFIC Press Release Bangkok, Thailand, 28th January 2015— Representatives from across the transportation and logistics sector meet later this week in Bangkok for a consultative workshop together with Customs officials, supply chain experts and wildlife professionals in order to find actionable solutions to deter wildlife smuggling activities while strengthening supply chains and corporate policies.

Delegates from key shipping and logistics companies, airlines, couriers and transport associations are joining the two-day workshop, which is being convened by TRAFFIC and the World Customs Organization (WCO), with the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Wildlife Trafficking Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (TRAPS) Project.

Transportation is the backbone of global trade, and traffickers in wild animals and wildlife products rely heavily on logistics, land, air and sea carriers to smuggle illicit goods. Companies from the transportation and logistics sector can therefore play a critical role in identifying and strengthening key risk points in the supply chain.

The ivory trade is just one example of how illicit trafficking can impact negatively on a species. In African Elephant range countries more than 20,000 elephants are killed every year – a massacre fuelled by the greed of organized networks that trade in illegal ivory. This kind of environmental crime is eroding the rule of law, decimating the world’s natural heritage, and eliminating many economic opportunities for local communities that depend on these critical resources.

“Together TRAFFIC and the WCO are spearheading a bold new initiative with the transport sector to prevent and deter illegal trade in wildlife products,” said TRAFFIC’s Nick Ahlers, Project Leader of Wildlife TRAPS.

“There has been worldwide condemnation of the rampant poaching of elephants, tigers, rhinos and other iconic species, and now the transport sector is using its combined might to prevent the transport of threatened wildlife and their associated products across the planet.”

The WCO is a key agency in the global effort to stop wildlife crime, acting as an interface with private sector transportation and logistics companies whose members are on the frontline in detecting and inspecting illegal shipments.

“Given the sheer volume of global trade, Customs authorities rely on information and intelligence to combat wildlife trafficking, and this week we are developing the means by which the legitimate transport sector is best able to support co-ordinated international efforts against this growing crisis,” said Leigh Winchell, WCO Deputy Director for Enforcement and Compliance.

The scale of the challenge is considerable, with millions of cargo containers being transported by air and sea services every day. According to reports, approximately 38 million tons of air cargo were to be transported in 2014, and it is estimated that global container port throughput will exceed 840 million twenty-foot equivalent units by 2018.

Faced with mountains of cargo moving around the world, Customs, other law enforcement agencies and their partners have their work cut out for them. Currently, most seizures of containers carrying contraband are made through a combination of targeted risk assessment, combined with good intelligence, and random selection.

The TRAFFIC/WCO workshop follows shortly after the announcement of the creation of a taskforce under the ‘United for Wildlife’ banner by his Royal Highness Prince William of the United Kingdom, which is specifically designed to work with the transportation sector. The outcomes from the Bangkok meeting will be shared with the newly created task force.

“We are pleased to see how the global transport industry is becoming part of the co-ordinated international response to the poaching crisis that seeks to put an end to wildlife trafficking,” said U.S. Embassy Chargé d’affaires W. Patrick Murphy.

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