With governments using both high taxation and import restrictions to try to dissuade people from moving out of their fiat currencies and into physical precious metals at the same that these same governments are embarking on devaluing their currencies through zero or negative interest rates, the natural reaction has been a rise in smuggling to try to bring metals like gold and silver into restricted markets.
And similar to how some ivory tower economists now want to ban physical cash using spurious reasons like money laundering and its use in illegal activities, a group of gold authorities now want airlines to ban the transportation of gold by gold holders in their carry-on luggage.
Leaders of the global gold industry have called on airlines and aviation authorities to ban the transport of the precious metal as hand luggage to reduce the risk of smuggling, which is said to be costing billions of dollars a year in lost government revenue.
They want gold to be shipped only as hold cargo, which would allow for "proof of responsible sourcing" and lift what is regarded as a threat to miners’ employment and mining companies’ profits.
Delegates at the Africa Dubai Precious Metals Forum, held in Accra, Ghana, agreed on a "call to action" to airlines, air transport companies and the global air authorities to "ban the hand-held personal carriage of gold in favour of adopting a cargo-only policy".
The cabin transportation of gold is generally legal around the world, subject to airline weight restrictions and customs regulations. Gold bars and finished jewellery are often flown between manufacturing and retail centres, including Dubai. - Thenational.ae