Leaders of the global transportation industry have signed a new declaration committing themselves to major steps to help fight trafficking in wildlife products.

United for Wildlife reported in a press release that 40 chief executives, chairmen and other leaders of airlines, shipping firms, port operators, customs agencies, intergovernmental organisations and conservation charities from around the world have become the founding signatories of the Declaration of the United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products.

The Declaration, signed in at Buckingham Palace in the United Kingdom last week, is the result of a year’s worth of meetings, research, and coalition building by the United for Wildlife Transport Taskforce, convened by The Duke of Cambridge, Prince William.

Transport representatives on the taskforce include companies and organisations based in China, United States, United Arab Emirates, Kenya, the UK and Denmark.
The Buckingham Palace Declaration commits signatories to 11 actions that will raise standards across the transportation industry to prevent traffickers from exploiting weaknesses as they seek to covertly move their products from source to marketplace.

The commitments focus on information sharing, staff training, technological improvements, and resource sharing across companies and organisations worldwide. They will also see the world’s leading transportation firms assisting those in poorer countries who are in need of expertise and new systems.