Six tonnes of pangolin scales seized
  • | dtinews.vn, Tien Phong | May 24, 2019 09:47 AM

The authorities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province have seized six tonnes of pangolin scales which were illegally brought into Vietnam on May 23.

Six tonnes of pangolin scales are seized in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province on May 23

The Department of Anti-smuggling under the General Department of Customs collaborated with the authorities in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province to bust the trafficking case at Cai Mep International Terminal. The pangolins were transferred from Nigeria to Nam Ha Company located in HCM City.

100 bags of pangolin scales were hidden deep inside the container among the cashew bags. The seized pangolin scales can worth tens of billions of VND.

In early May, the Customs Department at Saigon Port discovered and seized seven tonnes of pangolin scales sent from Africa. The scales were also disguised as cashew and hidden among wood logs.

Pangolins are the most trafficked mammals in the world. The international trade of all 8 species found in Africa and Asia is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.

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