Hong Kong Customs Seizes 779 Ivory Tusks

Hong Kong Customs Seizes 779 Ivory Tusks

Ivory tusks seized by Hong Kong Customs

Ivory tusks seized by Hong Kong Customs.

Hong Kong Customs recently seized 779 ivory tusks, worth about HK$10.6 million (about US$1.4 million), from a 20-foot container shipped to Hong Kong from Kenya.

Customs officers selected the container, declared to contain “architectural stones,” for inspection, and used X-ray examination to discover the ivory tusks, weighing 1,323 kilograms (about 2.2 pounds). The tusks were hidden in the middle part of the container, covered by stone plates and packed in 40 sacks inside five wooden crates.

Hong Kong Customs is still investigating to locate the members of the smuggling syndicate.