#trade News

Teak Logs, Irrawaddy River, Mandalay, Myanmar, 2011
Italian traders are exploiting the country’s inadequate enforcement to ship timber to the rest of Europe and circumvent the EU’s sanctions and timber regulations, the researchers wrote.
US Blacklists More Chinese Companies Over Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang
Much of the world’s polysilicon, used to make solar panels, comes from Xinjiang, where the United States has accused China of committing genocide through its repression of Uyghurs. What does this mean for the country's renewables ambition?
hk illegal wildlife trade
This new bill would allow wildlife crimes to be subject to the provisions of Hong Kong’s Organised and Serious Crimes Ordinance, which would enable authorities to conduct more in-depth investigations and hand out harsher penalties.
coral reef landscape in Komodo National Park in Indonesia
The US, France, and Italy are the largest importers, while Indonesia, Jamaica and Honduras are the biggest wildlife exporters, according to a new study of legal trade data from a global wildlife treaty.
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#trade Opinion

How China could
Transport ministers from across Asia and the Pacific are meeting this week to consider a potentially transformational agenda for how people and goods are moved around the region and across the globe.
workers loading oil palm fruits
Import bans bring social issues to the fore forcing agribusiness to assess their obligations to their workforces. Are such regulatory bans the best way to address the social issues prevalent in the industry?
covid testing in vietnam
The Covid-19 pandemic offers developing countries the chance to reinvent and reboot their economies, and shake off the disabling legacy of foreign aid dependency.
Plastic bottles, pressed together
With cross-border frictions preventing economies of scale in tackling plastic pollution, facilitating trade can help the world reduce, re-use and recycle. This calls for better collaboration between governments and firms.
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#trade Videos

HK Ivory Trade soon to stop
Hong Kong government’s three-step plan to ban ivory trade by 2021 received the go-ahead from the Chief Executive in Council, and the legislature amendments will be tabled before the Legislative Council in the first half of 2017.
tibetan monk
Demand for Tibetan prayer beads from China have brought Nepal’s Timal village into the limelight, but the sustainability of this opaque market is leading to concerns.
hk ivory trade
Non-profit groups WildAid and African Wildlife Foundation have released a video containing undercover footage, exposing ivory laundering in Hong Kong and the loopholes in its regulations on smuggled tusks.
mobile command drones
A new programme using innovative technology and unmanned aerial vehicles is proving that zero poaching is possible in African game reserves. Watch the video here.
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#trade Podcasts

A coffee bush in Sumatra. Image: Olam
Sponsored An alliance between an environmental group and an agribusiness company aims to reduce encroachment by smallholder coffee farmers in the Bukit Barisan Selatan National Park, one of Sumatra’s last stands of lowland forest.
Red ship on the ocean
Sponsored [The EB Podcast] In the third episode of the series Tomorrow’s cities: Engineering the energy transition, we explore how the shipping industry is charting a course to a low-carbon future.
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