Category: World / November 16, 2012 10:43 AM EST
Hong Kong customs officers on Friday (November 16) said they seized 1,330 kg of ivory tusks worth roughly US$1.4 million.
The 569 pieces of tusk were hidden a container of sunflower seeds originating from Tanzania, confirmed by the head of Ports Control group, Vincent Wong:
"According to our information this is originated from Africa. The original port is in Tanzania. This ship travelled to Dubai in the Middle East and the box was transshipped on another ship from Dubai to Hong Kong. And through profiling, risk profiling, we selected this container for examination,"
Customs officers said they are still investigating the location of the smuggling syndicate members.
Last month officers seized a record four tons of tusk worth around $3.5 million U.S. dollars.
Under the Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of smuggling cargo are liable to a maximum fine of $2 million U.S. dollars and imprisonment for seven years.
In addition, under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of trading endangered species for commercial purposes is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million U.S. dollars and imprisonment for two years.