April 16, 2018
The Mozambican authorities on Sunday afternoon seized 4.2 kilos of
rhinoceros horn from a Chinese citizen who was about to board a flight at
Maputo International Airport.
According to a Monday press release from the Mozambique Tax Authority (AT),
the Chinese traveller was stopped before he could board a plane of Qatar
Airways heading to Doha. His final destination was Hong Kong.
?The arrest was thanks to the joint work which the Tax Authority, the
Mozambican police and other security forces have undertaken at entry and
exit points throughout the country?, said the release.
The Chinese national is being held in the Maputo 11th police precinct ?for
subsequent steps? in the investigation.
Since the trade is illegal, it is hard to estimate how much 4.2 kilos of
rhino horn would sell for. But in recent years demand for rhino horn in
Asia, particularly in Vietnam, has made it more expensive than gold or
This arrest follows the largest ever seizure of ivory in Mozambique last
Thursday, when the AT opened a container at Maputo port and found no less
than 867 elephant tusks, weighing over 3.5 tonnes, hidden among plastic
items that were about to be sent to Asia for recycling.
The container was supposedly being exported to Cambodia, but it was owned
by a Chinese company with premises in Beluluane, on the outskirts of Maputo.
This news service is provided by Save the Elephants.