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SAA lifts embargo on the transportation of hunting trophies

The embargo placed by South African Airways on transporting selected hunting trophies, namely elephant, rhino, lion and tiger, has been lifted with immediate effect. Here is an extract from an SAA security directive issued on Monday this week. 


Since the placement of the embargo on the transportation of rhino, elephant, lion and tiger hunting trophies, SAA cargo has been engaging with the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) on the issue. We have decided to review the embargo after the DEA have given us assurance that additional measures will be put in place to ensure compliance with all the required permits and documentation. Further note that all such trophies shall be liable for physical and documentary inspection by the relevant nature conservation authorities as they deem fit.

The airline shall accept no liability for any damage or delay occasioned by such inspections, verification of documentation or any other action deemed necessary by the relevant authorities in South Africa or anywhere where such trophies are transhipped or destined.

Please be informed that the embargo that was placed on selected hunting trophies namely elephant, rhino, lion and tiger has been lifted with immediate effect and the DEA will be implementing their additional measures.

Yours sincerely,

Lerato Mophete

Manager Compliance & Foreign Operations

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