Customs officers showing the pangolin scales at the press conference
SEPANG: Customs and Excise Department officers intercepted a shipment of pangolin scales worth RM5mil at KL International Airport on Thursday.
Its director Datuk Hamzah Sundang said the scales, packed in 16 large boxes, were seized at the Air Cargo Free Trade Zone at the airport.
The consignment arrived via Turkish Airlines from Ghana.
"The scales weighing 400kg are believed to be worth more than RM5mil.
"Such merchandise needs an import permit and therefore is illegal," he told reporters at his office.