Wildlife Crime

Singapore authorities seize one tonne of illegal ivory worth S$2m

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AVA and Singapore Customs officers recovered 106 pieces of ivory from 15 wooden crates in the container.

3 April 2014 Acting on a tip-off, officers from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and Singapore Customs worked together to intercept and detain a shipment of illegal ivory, estimated to be worth S$2 million.

This is the third largest seizure of illegal ivory by Singapore authorities since 2002

The shipment, which was declared as coffee berries, was transiting through Singapore from Africa in a 20-foot container and destined for another Asian country. AVA and Singapore Customs officers detected irregularities in the consignment of goods when the container was scanned at the Pasir Panjang Export Inspection Station on 25 March 2014.

A total of 106 pieces of illegal raw ivory tusks, weighing about one tonne, were recovered from 15 wooden crates. AVA is currently investigating the case.

Full press release: ava.gov.sg