11 Dec '12, 12pm

Massive African ivory seizure in Malaysia

Customs in Malaysia with part of a massive ivory seizure said to have originated from Togo © Elizabeth John / TRAFFIC Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 11th December 2012 – Royal Malaysian Customs have made their largest ever seizure of ivory in transit through the country, finding 1,500 pieces of tusks hidden in wooden crates purpose-built to look like stacks of sawn timber. The ivory, stashed in ten crates which were divided between two containers, were shipped from the port of Lomé in Togo and were headed to China, the Selangor State Customs Director Dato’ Azis Yacub told a press conference today. The shipment also transited through Algeciras in Spain before it headed for West Port in Port Kelang, one of Peninsular Malaysia’s busiest container terminals. The two containers, declared to be carrying “wooden floor tiles acajou”, were held on December 7th and inspected last night. Af...

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