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
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