Sin­ga­pore is the sec­ond-largest re-ex­porter and im­porter in the world by value (USD)

LAND­MINES HAVE LEFT THOU­SANDS OF CAM­BO­DI­ANS DEAD OR WITHOUT LIMBS. BUT THANKS TO A TASK FORCE OF TRAINED RATS, THESE KILLER MINES ARE BE­ING SNIFFED OUT, AND RE­MOVED

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59.6% of im­ports from 71.3% of re-ex­ports from

record­ing shark data with Har­monised Sys­tem (HS) Codes (de­vel­oped by the World Cus­toms Or­ga­ni­za­tion and used to clas­sify goods glob­ally). Ac­cord­ing to Wwf-sin­ga­pore’s press re­lease for the 2017 re­port, this would al­low for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the trade: It would per­mit “dis­tinc­tion be­tween dried and frozen shark prod­ucts, which is crit­i­cal for ac­cu­rately de­ter­min­ing ac­tual trade vol­ume, and [to] pro­vide fur­ther in­sight into the species in trade”.

Trans­parency al­lows for na­tions to get to grips with sus­tain­abil­ity – or at least be­gin to. Were such a sys­tem im­ple­mented, there would be mon­i­tor­ing of the vol­umes – and the species of sharks – be­ing traded. This then al­lows con­trol over the lev­els of trade to the ben­e­fit of sus­tain­ing shark pop­u­la­tions.

Aaron “Ber­tie” Gekoski

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