Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected Honduras rosewood (with photo)

20 Apr 2018

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (April 19) seized about 23 800 kilograms of suspected Honduras rosewood from a container at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound. The estimated market value of the seizure was about $2.4 million.

Through risk assessment, Customs officers inspected a container arriving in Hong Kong from Honduras. Upon inspection, Customs officers found the suspected Honduras rosewood in the container.

The case was 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.

Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs' 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Ends/Friday, April 20, 2018

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