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GENEVA: November 16, 2016. IATA has launched an Airport Wildlife Trafficking Assessment tool to help defeat smugglers of endangered species.

UNITED for Wildlife 1The launch, announced at the Illegal Wildlife Trade Conference in Hanoi this week, follows an event in March this year when members of the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce signed the Duke of Cambridge's Buckingham Palace Declaration.

The group, including airlines, logistics organizations, NGOs, U.N. and government agencies, have agreed to collaborate in a fight against the illegal trade in wildlife valued at up to US$20 billion a year - the fourth most lucrative global crime after drugs, humans and arms.

The IATA Assessment Tool will be piloted with the World Customs Organisation (WCO) at Maputo International Airport this month with a global launch planned for 2017. It is the latest development in the air transport industry's efforts to eradicate trafficking.

By using the tool airports will be able to assess their supply-chain security, intelligence and risk management, staff awareness, reporting processes, and the effectiveness of air cargo and passenger screening.

"The illegal trafficking of wildlife products, including many iconic and endangered species, is an issue which the aviation industry takes very seriously," said IATA's director general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac. "It will take a team effort to combat this deplorable trade. We are working in close partnership with USAID Routes, WCO, CITES and other organizations to make the world a much more difficult place for wildlife traffickers."

Read more on the fight against the illegal trade in wildlife at: http://www.freightweek.org/mag/issue11-15/files/4.html

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