THAI bans ivory cargo on all flights


The Nation

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Thai Airways International is joining the campaign against illegal transport of ivory on all THAI flights, in support to the government’s policy to stop ivory trade.
“THAI has joined in the fight against the trade of ivory. We don’t support publicising ivory products through our communication channels,” said Poonsak Chumchuay, THAI managing director, Cargo Mail and Commercial Department.
Thailand now allows domestic ivory trade, but the import and export of ivory or all ivory products are strictly prohibited in accordance with the international agreement under the pact drawn by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). 
Poonsak noted that THAI is in close coordination with the Customs Department and concerned functions at Suvarnabhumi Airport for strict inspection of departing flights and transit shipments, especially flights to and from risk areas. This action supports serious efforts being made to solve the problem of illegal ivory shipments, and the policy is implemented by all THAI cargo offices worldwide in order to seek a permanent solution.