Mozambique Customs seize a ton of ivory destined for Cambodia

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Mozambique Customs seize a ton of ivory destined for Cambodia

Post by RogerFraser » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:34 pm

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Nothing like this had ever been seen before, O País reports today. Maputo Customs seized, according to ttheir estimate, more than a ton and a half of ivory tips, the greatest apprehension ever in the country.

A veritableslaughter of elephants is what it musttook to amass this amount of ivory, disguised in bundles of recyclable plastic bottles and detected by the Maputo port scanner around 11 a.m. today.

So far, no one has been detained in connection with the case, but according to the Press Office of the Tax Authority, the owner of the merchandise has already been notified.

The seized ivory tips correspond to the slaughter of about 90 elephants.

The ivory was hidden inside a container under plastic bottles destined for recycling, explained Tax Authority spokesman Fernando Tinga, cited by Lusa news agency.

The container was part of a set of six supposedly carrying plastic waste that were being inspected.

“It looks like it was a camouflage” to cover up the ivory tips, noted Tinga.

The ivory was seized during routine inspection work, when authorities realised that the merchandise in the containers did not correspond to what was inscribed in the documents.

The containers came from Beluluane, in Maputo province, and had Cambodia as their declared destination, according to AT.
“This only shows that this type of operation has no borders,” said Fernando Tinga, pointing to the reinforcement of surveillance as a critical element in the fight against poaching in Mozambique.

The latest reports from the National Administration of Conservation Areas (ANAC) indicate that between 2011 and 2016 Mozambique lost some 48 percent of its elephant population and is at risk.

ANAC is currently preparing the third elephant census to take place this year and which is expected to provide updated data on the situation of the animal in the country.

Last year, in total, the Mozambican authorities arrested 2,400 people suspected of involvement in poaching.

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Re: Mozambique Customs seize a ton of ivory destined for Cambodia

Post by Dindingwe » Fri Apr 13, 2018 8:44 pm

Eventually some "good news" coming from Mozambique. But for this container seized, how many leave the country undetected ?

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Re: Mozambique Customs seize a ton of ivory destined for Cambodia

Post by Lisbeth » Sat Apr 14, 2018 10:48 am

Unfortunately or fortunately we do not know O/

I wonder if the containers in Durban are searched properly O** I suppose that they have the same system as in Mabuto, which means that it is only luck if you find something 0*\
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Re: Mozambique Customs seize a ton of ivory destined for Cambodia

Post by RogerFraser » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:45 pm

And it grows ...
Carol Powell UPDATE:
The Mozambican Customs at first estimated that they had seized one and a half tonnes of ivory at the Port of Maputo yesterday. However, the numbers are different. Authorities seized three tons and four hundred kilograms of ivory, O País reports.
According to Tax Authority’s press officer Fernando Tinga, the haul comprised 867 (eight hundred and sixty-seven) ivory tips, weighing just over three and a half tons, which corresponds to 434 (four hundred and thirty-four) slaughtered elephants.
Meanwhile, drivers who are members of the port transporters’ association in Maputo have expressed their outrage at the arrest of their colleague, who was driving the truck with ivory. They say that their colleague was under no obligation to be aware of the load the truck.
In a telephone contact, the press officer of the Tax Authority assured that an internal investigation was in order to investigate the possible involvement of employees in the crime.
O País tried to contact Chinese company Newlite, named as the owner of the merchandise. However, at the address indicated, our report only encountered a high wall, with the gate locked, no sign outside and with no one in attendance, in a lost place in the Beluluane area of Maputo province.
Source: O País

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Re: Mozambique Customs seize a ton of ivory destined for Cambodia

Post by Lisbeth » Sat Apr 14, 2018 12:51 pm

What did they expect? That someone opened the door, welcomed them inside and "Yes that is all my stuff :yes: Would you like a coffee?" 0*\
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Re: Mozambique Customs seize a ton of ivory destined for Cambodia

Post by Richprins » Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:59 am

Chinese again...


What exactly is an "ivory tip"??

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