[wildtrade] Vietnam port seizes ivory in boxes
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Tue Mar 31 16:17:53 BST 2009
Vietnam port seizes ivory in boxes
The Hai Phong Port Customs Department has launched an investigation into the
illegal trafficking of 6.2 tonnes of elephant tusks, according to Thai News Service.
Department officials discovered 114 cartons of raw ivory in a container on
Malaysian vessel Hubezo.
The container was loaded in Tanzania in late January, went through Malaysia, and
docked in Vietnam on February 28.
The tusks, each cut into two or three pieces, were determined to be from African
elephants of various ages.
Customs officials say the shipment is the biggest so far seized in Hai Phong,
and is valued at tens of millions of dollars.
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