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About two tonnes of elephant tusks seized

Update: October, 22/2013 - 14:00
Customs officials in the northern port city of Hai Phong have seized about 2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled from Malaysia.— Photo radiovietnam

HA NOI (Biz Hub)– Customs officials in the northern port city of Hai Phong have seized about 2.4 tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled from Malaysia.

The cargo was found hidden inside a container imported from Malaysia, which had been declared as sea shells.

The issuer of the declaration was Hoang Gia Exim Joint Stock Company located in Hai Phong City. The cargo has been kept by police for further investigation.

Two weeks ago, another large seizure was made when the city's customs officers found more than 2 tonnes of elephant tusks and about 146 kilos of tortoise-shells hidden in a container from Malaysia.

Viet Nam officially banned the trade of elephant tusks in 1994 under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora to discourage hunting of the country's dwindling population of elephants, which poachers value highly for their ivory. —VNS

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