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Singapore authorities seize $2m worth of illegal ivory on transit from Africa

Published on Apr 3, 2014 11:52 AM

Singapore authorities seized $2 million worth of illegal ivory last week - the third largest haul of its kind since 2002.

Acting on a tip-off, officers from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and the Singapore Customs intercepted and detained the shipment, which was passing through Singapore on transit from Africa in a 20-foot container.

The shipment - bound for another Asian country - was declared as coffee berries, but officers detected irregularities when the container was scanned at the Pasir Panjang Export Inspection Station last Tuesday(25 Mar).

The container was found to contain 106 pieces of ivory, weighing about one tonne in total. They were packed into 15 wooden crates.

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