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Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected worked ivory and rhino horns (with photo)

17 October 2017


Hong Kong Customs today (October 17) seized about 43 kilograms of suspected worked ivory and about 2 kilograms of suspected rhino horns with an estimated market value of $1.3 million at the Hong Kong International Airport.

Customs officers intercepted three female passengers, who arrived from Harare of Zimbabwe via Dubai of the United Arab Emirates this afternoon. During Customs clearance, about 43 kg of suspected worked ivory wrapping with plastic tape was found in the carry-on baggage of two of the passengers. Upon further examination, about 2 kilograms of suspected rhino horns wrapping with plastic tape were found bundling at the abdomen and thighs of the third passenger. The trio, aged from 20 to 34, was then arrested.

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 (October 17) seized about 43 kilograms of suspected worked ivory and about 2 kilograms of suspected rhino horns with an estimated market value of $1.3 million in total at the Hong Kong International Airport. Picture shows suspected worked ivory and suspected rhino horns seized. (Opens a new window)
Hong Kong Customs today (October 17) seized about 43 kilograms of suspected worked ivory and about 2 kilograms of suspected rhino horns with an estimated market value of $1.3 million in total at the Hong Kong International Airport. Picture shows suspected worked ivory and suspected rhino horns seized.

 

Ends/Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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