Singapore seizes shipment of elephant tusks, pangolin scales from Nigeria

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Singapore seizes shipment of elephant tusks, pangolin scales from NigeriaThe Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and
Singapore Customs intercepted an air shipment of illegal ivory and
pangolin scales in boxes labelled ‘’synthetic wigs from Nigeria’’
The AVA and Customs disclosed in a joint news release on Thursday that
the scales worth an estimated 1.3 million Singapore dollars were
impounded at Changi Airfreight Centre.

Chua Teck-Hui, Head of Air Checkpoints Branch, Singapore Customs, said
that the 0.8-ton shipment originated from Lagos, Nigeria, and were en
route to Vientiane, Laos, via Singapore on Saturday.

He said that a close inspection of the shipment revealed 255 pieces of
raw elephant tusks weighing about 505 kilogrammes and pangolin scales
weighing about 324 kilogrammes.
Teck-Hui said the consignment was the fifth largest seizure of illegal
ivory by Singapore authorities since 2002.

“A freight forwarding company in connection with the shipment is
assisting AVA with the investigations.

“We have zero tolerance on the use of Singapore as a conduit to
smuggle endangered species, their parts and products,” he said.
He said that the government would continue to collaborate with other
national and international enforcement agencies to curb wildlife
trafficking.

Teck-Hui stated that under the Convention on International Trade in
Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) to which Singapore
was a signatory, elephants and pangolins were endangered species.
The officer said International trade in ivory and pangolin scales was
prohibited without CITES permits.

“Under the Endangered Species (Import and Export) Act, a CITES permit
is required for any import, export or re-export of CITES wildlife and
their parts and products.

“The maximum penalty for the illegal wildlife is a fine of 50,000
Singapore dollars per scheduled specimen or imprisonment of up to two

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