BRIBERY and corrupt practices are thriving within the global air cargo and logistics industries whose managers continue to shy away from even acknowledging its existence.

Across the world, airfreight contracts and agreements are being sealed with ‘sweeteners’ and ‘oiled-palms’ behind closed doors, particularly in Africa, India and in the Far East.

The guilty companies turn a blind eye to the unspoken, hidden crisis in air cargo – despite a major report’s revelations that a company employing strict anti-bribery corporate governance measures is more likely to enjoy enhanced profitability, writes Thelma Etim.

The ‘old school’ bribery culture – something from which the flagging air cargo business suffers given its ponderous approach to new technologies, for example – is largely to blame, reveals international law firm Eversheds, author of anti-bribery and corruption report Beneath the Surface.

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