Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected rhino horn

Hong Kong (HKSAR) -      Hong Kong Customs yesterday (March 29) seized about 2.5 kilograms of suspected rhino horn, with an estimated market value of about $500,000, at the Hong Kong International Airport.

     Customs officers inspected an express parcel declared as "Cashew Nuts" originating from Mozambique and found two pieces of suspected rhino horn.  After investigation, Customs officers today (March 30) arrested a 52-year-old man.  Investigation is ongoing.

     Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $5 million and imprisonment for two years.

     Members of the public may report any suspected smuggling activities to the Customs 24-hour hotline 2545 6182.

Published on: 2017-03-30

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