Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

8.3 tonnes of pangolin scales have been discovered inside a container at the VIP green port in the northern city of Hai Phong, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.

Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

The shipment was transporting goods from Africa aboard the Mia Schulte container ship.
 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

Authorities have been able to identify the receiver as Hoa Binh International Express Company Limited.
 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

Upon noticing the suspicious container, customs officers started to examine its contents. 
 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

In total, officials discovered 311 bags containing pangolin scales hidden underneath 120 bags of Senna siamea seeds.
 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

 
 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

Each bag of pangolin scales weighs between 25 to 30 kg.
 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

This bust marks the biggest pangolin scale smuggling case ever recorded in Vietnam.
 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

A further investigation is underway into the operation behind the smuggling of these illegal goods.
 

 Over eight tonnes of pangolin scales seized at Hai Phong port

 

 VOV/Hai Quan Newspaper

 
 

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