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Largest ivory seizure by AVA and Singapore Customs in more than a decade

Published on Jan 30, 2013 5:30 PM
 
Close to two tonnes of illegal raw ivory tusks in transit in Singapore from Africa was intercepted by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Singapore Customs. -- PHOTO: WWW.AVA.GOV.SG

Close to two tonnes of illegal raw ivory tusks in transit in Singapore from Africa was intercepted by the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA) and the Singapore Customs.

This is the largest ivory seizure since 2002, where a shipment of about six tonnes of raw ivory tusks and cut ivory pieces was seized. The shipment was estimated to be worth about $1.5 million.

The more recent shipment that was picked up on Jan 23 consisted of 1,099 pieces of raw ivory tusks packed in 65 gunny sacks. The estimated value is $2.5 million.

International trade in ivory has been banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), of which Singapore has been a signatory to since 1989.