Singapore seizes Vietnam-bound ivory haul

SINGAPORE: More than 60 bags of elephant ivory worth about US$2.5mil (RM9.74mil) were seized by the authorities from a Vietnam-bound shipment.

The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority said in a joint statement yesterday that the shipment originated from Apapa, Nigeria and was declared as containing groundnuts.

AVA officers inspected the container at Pasir Panjang Scanning Station on Monday and uncovered 1,787 pieces of ivory tusks in 61 bags, totalling about 3,500kg.

The ivory was to be re-exported to Vietnam, the statement said, adding that the importer is currently assisting in investigations.

The largest such seizure of elephant ivory in recent years was in 2014, when the authorities uncovered about S$8mil (RM23.7mil) worth. — The Straits Times/Asia News Network