|Smuggled ivory found in a container at Đà Nẵng’s Tiên Sa Port. — VNS Photo Lan Anh|
ĐÀ NẴNG — Nearly 10 tonnes of smuggled ivory and pangolin scales were discovered in a container at Tiên Sa Port in the central city of Đà Nẵng on Wednesday.
Colonel Tôn Quốc Khánh, commander of the city’s border guard, said that the container had been declared as plastic waste imported from Nigeria.
Khánh said the border guard, in co-operation with public security and customs agencies on suspicion of carrying illegal wildlife products.
He said the smuggled goods were included on the list of species threatened with extinction issued by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).
He said the cargo was imported by Thiên Trường Sử trading company from Nghệ An Province.
The case is under further investigation.
In 2015, eight tonnes of ivory, rhino horns and pangolin scales were found in five containers at Tiên Sa Port.
In 2013, 31.6kg of ivory from Singapore was seized from a suitcase via air cargo at Đà Nẵng Airport. — VNS