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Two tonnes of elephant tusks seized

Update: October, 10/2013 - 14:00
The Customs Department in the northern port city of Hai Phong has seized more than two tonnes of elephant tusks and about 146 kilograms of tortoise-shells illegally imported from Malaysia.— File Photo

HAI PHONG (VNS)– The Customs Department in the northern port city of Hai Phong has seized more than two tonnes of elephant tusks and about 146 kilograms of tortoise-shells illegally imported from Malaysia.

The cargo was found in a container shipped from Malaysia en route to China. The banned goods were hidden in sacks of sea shells. The cargo had been declared as sea shells.

Tusks and tortoise-shell are banned goods in Viet Nam under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, which came into effect in 1994. - VNS

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