Africa: The CMA CGM Group Commits to Fight Illicit Trafficking in Protected Species and Tightens its Shipment Control Procedures

The Compagnie Maritime d'Affrètement-Compagnie Générale Maritime (CMA-CGM), the fourth largest shipping line in the world, has announced a total moratorium on the transport of wood from The Gambia, as well as the creation of a global blacklist of shippers involved in illegal trade of protected and endangered species.
8 July 2020
Compagnie Maritime d'Affrètement-Compagnie Générale Maritime (CMA-CGM)
press release
  • Tighter procedures introduced for transporting protected species and creation of a black list of shippers involved in the collapse of biodiversity.
  • Suspension of all timber exports from the Gambia following suspicions of illicit rosewood trafficking.
  • A landmark decision and a responsible choice to protect biodiversity.

Tighter procedures and creation of a black list of shippers

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is reinforcing its procedures for shipping protected species, the trade in which is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). As part of these tighter procedures, shippers must expressly state whether a species is covered by the CITES convention and, where appropriate, provide the requisite export permit whenever any animal or plant goods are carried. In parallel, the CMA CGM Group will draw up a black list of exporters suspected to be involved in illicit trafficking. We are also enhancing the training of our sales agents around the world and tightening up our “know-your-customer” audit procedures, in coordination with the CMA CGM Academy and the CITES.

Suspension of all timber exports from the Gambia

Following several suspicions that undeclared rosewood may have been part of cargo shipments from the Gambia, the Group has decided to halt its timber exports from the country until further notice. Rosewood is a protected species, and trade in it is regulated by the CITES. This highly sought-after wood is felled illegally in the region and then exported under various different guises. This illicit trade is heavily implicated in the deforestation of West Africa.

A landmark decision and a responsible choice to protect biodiversity

With these measures, the CMA CGM Group is again demonstrating its leadership within the shipping industry in the protection of the environment. This decision, which is part of the strengthening of the Group's CSR policy, illustrates CMA CGM’s resolve to help conserve global biodiversity and not to further imperil our planet’s future.

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