Vietnam authorities seize 200 kg of ivory from Singapore flight

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An illegal consignment of 200 kg of ivory was seized at Hanoi's Noi Bai Airport on December 16 / PHOTOS COURTESY OF DAN TRI

Authorities are investigating an illegal consignment of nearly 200 kilograms of ivory they seized from a flight arriving in Hanoi from Singapore on December 16, online newspaper Dan Tri reported Wednesday.

The consignment, comprising of tusks, bracelets, and chopsticks, is believed to have been shipped from Mozambique to Singapore.

Elsewhere, customs officials in the northern city of Hai Phong Monday said they have started investigations into the smuggling of nearly 4.6 tons of ivory in two separate cases.

On October 21 they and the local police and seized 2.4 tons from a container at Hai Phong port.

The consignment had been declared as containing sea shells and sent to the city-based Hoang Gia Joint Stock Company.

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Earlier, on October 3, they they had discovered nearly 2.2 tons of ivory and hawksbill turtle shells, which are also banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, when checking a container received by the Haiphong Trading Import Export and Services Co. Ltd.

It had also been declared as sea shells meant for re-export.

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