Da Nang customs seizes huge haul of ivory and pangolin scales

VOV.VN - Customs officials operating in Da Nang said on January 13 that they had successfully seized nearly seven tonnes of ivory and pangolin scales from a suspicious container which had recently been shipped from Nigeria to Tien Sa Port in the central city.

The customs declaration claimed that the contents of the shipment was cashew nuts. However, upon opening the container, officers found a total of 456 kilograms of ivory and around 6.2 tonnes of pangolin scales inside.

The endangered wildlife products are strictly banned from being traded in, imported to, or exported from the nation as they are protected under the terms of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), to which the country has been a member since 1994.

Da Nang customs, in conjunction with other relevant agencies, are in the process of launching a further investigation into the alleged smuggling.

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