Customs seizes B28m in African ivory at Suvarnabhumi

Customs seizes B28m in African ivory at Suvarnabhumi

Customs officials said Tuesday they seized 315 kilogrammes of African elephant tusks worth more than 28 million baht at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)
Customs officials said Tuesday they seized 315 kilogrammes of African elephant tusks worth more than 28 million baht at Suvarnabhumi airport. (Photo by Somchai Poomlard)

Customs officials said Tuesday =they seized 315 kilogrammes of African elephant tusks worth more than 28 million baht at Suvarnabhumi airport.

Kulit Sombatsiri, director-general of the Customs Department, said that the haul of 87 ivory tusks was found March 27 in a dozen barrels sent from Mozambique on a Kenya Airways flight. A routine x-ray at the international airport detected the contraband.

Mr Kulit said a Kenyan man was due to pick up the parcels, but is believed to have fled the country after learning they were seized.

He told reporters that authorities alerted Kenyan officials, who discovered 561 kilograms of ivory tusks waiting to be shipped to the same man.

He said it was the fifth seizure of elephant tusks this year in Thailand, which a number of United Nations reports have identified as one of the prime end user countries for ivory.

The global regulator in international trade in endangered species, Cities, put Thailand on a watch list of eight countries a few years ago. This required it to formulate an action plan to fight against the illegal ivory trade through legislation and enforcement or face the possibility of trade sanctions.


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