The biggest ever smuggling and illegal transport of ivory at Hai Phong port with an estimated amount of about 7 tons was discovered and seized by Hai Phong Customs Department on the morning of March 20.
Ivory exhibits seized by Hai Phong Customs. Photo: T.Binh.
On the morning of March 20 at Nam Hai Dinh Vu port (Hai Phong), Hai Phong Customs Department chaired and coordinated with Hai Phong Police to examine a 20-foot container containing ivory smuggled from Africa.
According to a source from Hai Phong Customs Department: by professional measures, the Department has analyzed and evaluated 6 questionable containers; in which, the shipment of 3 containers (declared as peanuts) has signs of very high risk.
Specifically, the shipment originated from Angola, was transshipped in Singapore to conceal the shipping route; describing the name of the goods in an uncommon language and using incorrect consignee information… This is a new and very sophisticated trick to evade the control of the Customs.
As soon as the goods were loaded and unloaded at the port, the Hai Phong Customs Department directed the units to conduct key supervision, inspect the goods with a container scanner and manually check the entire shipment after analyzing the image. questionable photo.
The search results found in the container with the number UACU3786863 estimated to contain about 7 tons of ivory, the largest amount ever at Hai Phong port.
It is known that African ivory seized by Hai Phong Customs Department in the lead of arrest in Appendix I of CITES is on the list of goods banned from import, violating the provisions of Decree No. 69/2018/ND-CP dated May 15, 2018 of the Government.
The arrest case shows that the initiative and efficiency in the research, information collection and identification of key shipments of Hai Phong Customs Department has timely prevented the criminal acts of the subjects. effective deterrence against other subjects who are intending to illegally trade or transport goods on the CITES list to Vietnam in order to gain illicit profits.
Customs authorities are continuing to verify and clarify to handle according to regulations. Customs Magazine continued to report on the case.
Previously, in February, Hai Phong Customs Department presided over the detection and arrest of 2 cases of ivory smuggling and seized 615 kg of exhibits.
According to Thai Binh (haiquanonline)