By Leya Musa
Customs officials at Hai Phong in Vietnam have announced that they have intercepted 2.4 tons of ivory. The elephant tusks were marked as seashells and were shipped from Malaysia. It brings the total seizures for the last 3 weeks to 4.4 tons after a similar import attempt earlier in the month.
This latest confiscation involved a Singaporean shipping line and the consignment was marked as being owned by HG Exim Joint Stock Company, located at 5 Ly Tu Trong Street, Hoang Bang District, Hai Phong.
The tusks had been cut up into 1,200 small pieces and hidden inside bags of seashells – the same technique used in the previous interception.
The shipment had been marked up for temporary import before being re-exported to China. Officials have named the company involved in the manifest and shipping documents as Hai Phong Trading, Services, Import and Export LC located in Quang Ninh Province.
While officials have not yet been willing to give a value on the ivory seized it is expected to be in the value of US$4.5 million.
This brings the total value of ivory seized in Vietnam over the last 3 weeks to about US$8 million.