CMA CGM has reinforced its procedures for shipping protected species and suspended all timber exports from Gambia following suspicions of illicit rosewood trafficking.
The highly sought-after rosewood is a protected species that is felled illegally in the region and then exported under various different guises, with this illicit trade heavily impacted in the deforestation of West Africa.
Trade of rosewood is regulated by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
The French carrier now requires shippers to expressly state whether the species is protected by the CITES and, where appropriate, provide the requisite export permit whenever any animal or plant good is carried.
Parallel to this, CMA CGM will also draw up a black list of exporters suspected to be involved in illicit trafficking as well as tightening up its ‘know-your-customer’ audit procedures in coordination with the CMA CGM Academy and the CITES.
These decisions, part of the strengthening of the Group’s CSR policy, solidifies CMA CGM’s resolve to help conserve global biodiversity and not to further imperil the planet’s future.