Cape Town – South African Airways Cargo has taken a decision to place a total embargo on its worldwide services for the transportation of hunting trophies, effective 21 April 2015.
The embargo was issued after SAA Cargo was fined by the Civil Aviation Authority following an incident in which hunting trophies were allegedly shipped to Perth, Australia under a false label of ‘mechanical equipment’, SAA Cargo’s Tebogo Mofokeng told Traveller24.
The Professional Hunters’ Association of South Africa (PHASA), which issues hunting permits to foreigners, said it would be attending to the matter urgently after receiving a letter notifying it of the SAA Cargo embargo.
The letter, dated 21 April 2015, was posted to an online hunting forum Huntingreport.com, and is signed by SAA Cargo Manager for Compliance and Foreign Operations, Lerato Mophethe.
It states, “Please be advised that South African Airways Cargo has taken a decision to place a total embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies (Rhino, Elephant, Lion and Tiger) on its services worldwide.
“Please note that no exceptions will be made even if the shipper has a valid permit issued by the relevant authorities.”