- Title: THAILAND: Thai customs seize ivory shipment from Mozambique
- Date: 7th January 2011
- Summary: BANGKOK, THAILAND (JANUARY 6, 2010) (REUTERS) CUSTOM OFFICIALS UNPACKING IVORY FROM BOXES IVORY IN BOX OFFICIALS PUTTING IVORY ON DISPLAY OFFICIAL MARKING IVORY IVORY ON DISPLAY THAI CUSTOM'S CHIEF PRASONG POONTHANET(IN SUIT) SHOWING IVORY THAI OFFICIAL MORE OF PRASONG SHOWING IVORY OFFICIALS PUTTING IVORY BACK IN BOXES VARIOUS OF IVORY IN BOX
- Embargoed: 22nd January 2011 12:00
- Location: Thailand, Thailand
- Country: Thailand
- Topics: Crime / Law Enforcement,International Relations
- Reuters ID: LVAD9DTRA6F4VK2ZL8DHM0RXL84O
- Story Text: Thai custom officials intercepted a shipment containing 73 pieces of ivory from Mozambique on Wednesday (January 5) at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
The shipment in two wooden boxes were seized when a cargo plane unloaded its shipment from Mozambique, its destination was Laos.
Thai custom officials opened the boxes, which were declared as personal goods, after they were scanned and found the ivory.
The ivory weighed a total of 435 kilograms (959 pounds), estimated to be worth around 10 million baht (U.S. $330,000).
Ivory trade and transport are banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).
The Thai custom department said the ivory will be handed over to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment according to the CITES regulation.
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