Customs seize 1.4 tonnes of pangolin scales, 100kg of tusks (Vietnam)


Viet Nam News

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H?I PHÒNG: Customs agents in the northern city of H?i Phòng discovered nearly 1.4 tonnes of pangolin scales and 20 elephant tusks weighing more than 100kg hidden inside a container shipped from Nigeria.

The 20-foot container arrived at L?ch Huy?n port in H?i Phòng last Saturday. It was registered as carrying timber, with the receiver named as VIC Thanh Bình Import-Epxport Co., Ltd, which is located in ?an Ph??ng District, Hà N?i.

Further investigation is underway into the smuggling of these illegal goods.

In Vi?t Nam, illegal hunting, trading, poaching and transportation of even one pangolin carries punishment of one to five years imprisonment and a fine of between VN?500 million (US$22,000) and VN?2 billion ($86,700).

The country banned the trading of elephant tusks in 1992. Trading, storing and transporting ivory is forbidden, with violators fined from VN?5-50 million or imprisoned from six months to five years.