Customs net record haul of smuggled rhino horns
2019-04-06 HKT 12:51
Customs officers say they have made their largest seizure of smuggled rhino horns in five years – after finding 82.5 kilogrammes of horns and cut pieces in a shipment at Chek Lap Kok on Friday.
The department said the haul would be worth around HK$16.5 million.
Officers said the transshipment cargo arrived in Hong Kong from South Africa, and was bound for Malaysia.
The cargo was declared as “auto parts” but officers became suspicious after viewing X-ray images.
The case has been handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department.
Anyone found guilty of smuggling endangered species without a licence faces a maximum fine of HK$10 million and 10 years in jail.