Illegal Zambian wood worth over RM9mil confiscated


By VENESA

Good haul:Mohammad Hamiddan (third from right) showing seized items after the press conference at Menara Kastam, Larkin.

JOHOR BARU: A consignment of Guibourtia wood bound for Vietnam and worth over RM9mil was stopped by the authorities.

Customs officers conducted a check on the shipping container at the Tanjung Pelepas port and seized the illegal wood from Zambia.

Guibourtia wood is a controlled item under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Special of Wild Fauna and Flora (Cites).

Johor Customs director Datuk Mohammad Hamidan Maryani said any shipment would need an export permit from the exporting country.

“We found 115 pieces weighing about 30,580kg in the container.

“No arrests were made and the case will be treated as a seizure, ” he told a press conference at Menara Kastam yesterday.

In another case, he said illicit cigarettes worth RM43,907 with unpaid taxes of RM151,076 were seized around Johor Baru last month.

“Five men, aged between 20 and 43, were arrested, ” he said, adding the suspects were three Indonesian, a Nepalese and a Bangladeshi.

Mohammad Hamidan said two men, in their 20s, were also nabbed in Taman Nusajaya at 6pm on

Feb 20.

He said 1,293 litres of alcohol worth RM25,862 with unpaid taxes worth RM90,413 were seized.

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