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China Cosco Shipping vows to stop transporting shark fins

China Cosco Shipping, the nation’s largest shipping line, has vowed to ban transporting shark fins.

The new policy was announced in a letter to the Hong Kong branch of the US wildlife conservation group WildAid, according to the local South China Morning Post.

China Cosco Shipping joins a host of the world’s leading containerlines to implement a ban on the controversial cargo.

Earlier this month 880 kg of endangered hammerhead shark fins, protected under Hong Kong law, was found onboard a China Cosco ship.

Hong Kong is believed to be the capital of the world’s shark fin trade, accounting for half of the legal trade, according to the World Wildlife Fund, with 92% of the trade transported by ship.

Maersk was the first to place a total ban on shark fin cargo back in 2010.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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