Updated: 04/03/2014 18:23

AVA and Singapore Customs seized $2 million ivory

The estimated value of the illegal ivory seized is S$2m

The estimated value of the illegal ivory seized is S$2m

Singapore authorities have seized a tonne worth of illegal ivory valued at $2 million.

It's the third largest seizure of illegal ivory since 2002. 

Acting on a tip-off, officers from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore, AVA and Singapore Customs worked together to intercept and detain the shipment. 

The shipment, which was declared as coffee berries, was transiting through Singapore from Africa in a 20-foot container and destined for another Asian country. 

AVA and Singapore Customs officers detected irregularities in the consignment of goods when the container was scanned at the Pasir Panjang Export Inspection Station on 25th March. 

All elephants are endangered species protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora or CITES. 

The penalties for illegal trade in ivory is a maximum fine of 50 thousand dollars per scheduled specimen or imprisonment of up to two years. 

AVA said it will continue to cooperate and collaborate with Singapore Customs and other national and international enforcement agencies to curb wildlife trafficking. 

It reminds all companies, declaring agents and freight forwarders to exercise prudence when accepting jobs and adopt internal security measures to avoid being implicated in the smuggling of illegal wildlife, their parts and products

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