Customs officers in the northern port city of Hai Phong have seized more than two tonnes of ivory tusks and pangolin scales, Radio The Voice of Vietnam (VOV) has reported.
The ivory and pangolin scales confiscated in the northern port city of Hai Phong. (Photo: vov.vn)
Up to 330kg of ivory and 1.7tonnes of pangolin scales were found hidden in three containers left at VIPGreenport for a number of days. The containers came from Nigeria.
Goods in the containers werelisted as a rare and protected type of wood which is listed as an endangeredspecies by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
The shipments were determinedto be from Mercury Resources Ltd. in Nigeria. The recipient was declared asPama Mien Bac Import Export Trading Co. Ltd. However, verification pointed outthis company didn’t operate at its registered address and its legalrepresentative didn’t live at the residence named.
In related news, police in centralHa Tinh province have seized more than 5 tonnes of wild animals includingsnakes, iguanas, geckos and turtles.
The animals were found whenofficers stopped a coach travelling though Ky Anh township for inspection.
Nguyen Thanh Tan, 41, aresident from Dong Thap province, failed to show papers relating to the seizedanimals.
Investigations into theincidents are underway./.VNA