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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected worked ivory (with photos)

9 September 2017


Hong Kong Customs today (September 9) seized about 22 kilograms of suspected worked ivory with an estimated market value of about $440,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Customs officers intercepted a 31-year-old male passenger who arrived from Harare of Zimbabwe via Dubai of the United Arab Emirates this afternoon. During Customs clearance, a tailor-made vest with suspected worked ivory concealed inside was found in his carry-on suitcase. Upon further examination, more suspected worked ivory wrapped with plastic tape were found concealed inside the inner-lining of the suitcase. About 22 kilograms of suspected worked ivory were seized in total.

The case has been handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.

Hong Kong Customs today (September 9) seized about 22 kilograms of suspected worked ivory with an estimated market value of about $440,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport. Photo shows suspected worked ivory and the tailor-made vest seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs today (September 9) seized about 22 kilograms of suspected worked ivory with an estimated market value of about $440,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport. Photo shows suspected worked ivory and the tailor-made vest seized.

Hong Kong Customs today (September 9) seized about 22 kilograms of suspected worked ivory with an estimated market value of about $440,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport. Photo shows suspected worked ivory wrapped with plastic tape concealed inside the inner-lining of the suitcase. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs today (September 9) seized about 22 kilograms of suspected worked ivory with an estimated market value of about $440,000 at the Hong Kong International Airport. Photo shows suspected worked ivory wrapped with plastic tape concealed inside the inner-lining of the suitcase.

 

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