This is the largest ever seizure of smuggled tusks in Hai Phong. (Photo: VNA)
It is one of the three containers departing from Angola and transiting in Singapore, declared to contain peanuts.
This is the largest ever seizure of smuggled tusks in Hai Phong, the agency said, adding that the case is under further investigation.
The items are included in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which lists species that are the most endangered among CITES-listed animals and plants.
The trading of elephant tusks has been banned in Vietnam since 1992, with violators fined from 5-50 million VND (213.2 – 2,132 USD) or imprisoned from six months to five years./. VNA