Hà Nội airport seizes tonne of pangolin scales and ivory

Update: October, 01/2018 - 16:40
Authorities at Hà Nội’s airport found 805kg of pangolin scales as well as 193kg of ivory and ivory-derived products in two dozen cargo boxes in September. — VNA/VNS Photo
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Customs officers at Nội Bài International Airport have seized nearly a tonne of elephant tusks, ivory products and pangolin scales hidden inside cargo packages.

The packages included 193kg of elephant tusks and ivory products, and 805kg of pangolin scales in two dozen cargo boxes transported from Nigeria, Vietnam News Agency reported. 

The goods were sent from two companies based in Nigeria to a company in Hà Nội’s district of Sóc Sơn on a Turkish Airlines flight on September 21. 

According to the customs officers, the intended recipient of the cargo package has refused to receive the goods.

The Việt Nam Academy of Science and Technology has taken samples to trace the origin of the items. 

In August 2017, Hà Nội Customs also confiscated over 47kg of ivory tusk products illegal transported into Việt Nam through express postal service.

Trading, storing and transporting ivory is forbidden in Việt Nam. Violators can be fined from VNĐ5-50 million (US$217-2,170) or imprisoned from six months to five years. — VNS