Countering wildlife trafficking through Kenya's ports – a rapid seizures analysis

A total of 73 individuals representing a wide range of stakeholders operating at the Port of Mombasa, as well as from other countries, participated in the workshop including the Ministry of Tourism and Wildlife of The Republic of Kenya, Kenya Port Authority (KPA), Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS), Customs representatives from Uganda, Tanzania, Nigeria, and Viet Nam, shipping companies and transport sector associations, UN organisations, USAID, and
NGOs, along with national and international experts on wildlife trade and maritime issues.

This paper provides essential information on wildlife trafficking via Kenya’s seaports, mainlythe Port of Mombasa and the evidence of its role in wildlife trafficking. Whilst there have been no reported seizures linked to the Port of Mombasa since 2017, this does not mean there has been no illegal wildlife trade moving through the port—only that no seizures have been made, or that any seizures that have been made have not been reported on. The analysis within this paper also provides key information on trafficking routes and concealment methods that have been used to move illicit wildlife products from and via Kenya to consumer countries.

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