R4 million ivory shipment halted at OR Tambo International

Fri Jul 03, 2015 11:37 am


South African Revenue Service (Sars) officials on Thursday discovered 267kg of ivory at OR Tambo International Airport in transit for Vietnam from Zimbabwe.

It‚ said a Sars statement‚ “is estimated to have a street value of R4-million‚ which is one of the biggest interceptions by Sars of smuggled ivory”.

The discovery‚ the statement said‚ occurred “during the profiling of shipments…when officials noticed a pallet containing numerous plastic shrink-wrapped boxes”.

The supporting documents declared the goods contained inside as “handicrafts” originating from Zimbabwe destined for Vietnam.

An inspection revealed “ivory tusks amongst shredded paper” and as “no CITES permits were issued for the consignment‚ (it was) a clear attempt to smuggle the goods”.

A case has been opened with the South African Police Service for further investigation.

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Marine unit nets ivory, exotic fish stash
2016-10-29 20:44

Kaveel Singh, News24

Cape Town – The City of Cape Town's Law Enforcement Marine Unit arrested a Chinese national at his residence in Green Point for illegal possession of ivory accessories on Saturday.

The officers found the suspect was illegally in possession of ivory fashioned into bangles, beads and chopsticks to the value of R100 000.

He also had 16 shucked Abalone, a number of exotic fish stomachs, exotic dried fish and three shark jaws in his possession.
Authorities confiscated cash to the amount of R31 538.

He was taken into the custody of Sea Point police station.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/ ... h-20161029

This is quite interesting, more manufacturing taking place here by our Chinese colonial masters... :-?