#34 July 2019, Singapore – 8.8 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales
Seized in Singapore, 9 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales found in three containers of 'timber' on its way from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to Vietnam. (Photo courtesy of Singapore National Parks Board / Customs and Immigration and Checkpoints Authority)

#34 July 2019, Singapore – 8.8 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales

SEEJ-AFRICA THUMBNAIL:

  • On July 21, 2019, and acting on Chinese intelligence, Singapore customs searched 3 containers enroute to Haiphong, Vietnam, from Matadi, Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • The 3 containers, declared variously as tiama wood, conifer timber and wood chips, was found to contain 8.8 tonnes of ivory and 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales.
  • After Chinese investigation, seven nationals were charged and convicted to a total of 63 years jail and $USD 522,000 in fines between them. 
  • DNA analysis indicated that much of the ivory was from the KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area but had connections to previous East African shipments.
KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area, from where much of this ivory originated and over 2000 km from where it was containerized
FILE The court of the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China - 2020. Seven Chinese nationals were charged and convicted.
SEIZURE DATE July 21st, 2019
LOCATION Singapore
LISTED DESTINATION Haiphong, Vietnam
SEIZED WEIGHT IVORY - 8800 kg
SEIZED DESCRIPTION In three containers
OTHER CONTRABAND PANGOLIN SCALES - 11,900 kg
POINT OF ORIGIN Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo
POINT OF ORIGIN DNA The majority of tusks were from KAZA Transfrontier Conservation Area
TRANSIT POINTS Matadi, DRC; Pointe Noire, Congo
VALUE Ivory - USD $12.9 million; Pangolin - USD $35.7 million
COVER LOAD Timber
DECLARED AS tiama (Entandrophragma spp) wood, conifer timber and wood chips
EXPORTER CONSIGNOR 'Tiger' Ma Jilin
IMPORTER CONSIGNEE Zheng Jilin, Song Jincong, Tong Zhijian, Lu Kun, Sun Xilu She Ziting, Song Jinhang
CLEARING AGENT FREIGHT FOWARDER Unknown
SHIPPING AGENT Unknown
SHIPPING LINE_SHIPS Unknown
CONTAINERS/MODE OF TRANSPORT 3 containers
ASSOCIATED VEHICLES Unknown
CONNECTIONS The ivory was believed to have been supplied by the West African cartel to both Vietnamese and Chinese interests.
Traffickers have no qualms in trucking ivory and pangolin significant distances to avoid detection

Singapore seizes record haul of smuggled elephant ivory

Agence France-Presse in Singapore
Tue 23 Jul 2019    Last modified on Tue 23 Jul 2019 10.01 BST 
 
Singapore has made its largest ever seizure of smuggled ivory, impounding a haul of nearly nine tonnes of contraband tusks from an estimated 300 elephants, according to authorities.
 
The illegal cargo, discovered on Sunday in a container from the Democratic Republic of the Congo also included a huge stash of pangolin scales – the third such seizure in as many months.
 
Officials said both the ivory and pangolin scales were in a container declared to be loaded with timber destined for Vietnam and passing through Singapore, a major transhipment hub for global trade.
 
On inspection, authorities found 8.8 tonnes of elephant ivory, the national parks board, customs and immigration and checkpoints authority said in a joint statement.
 
It said the ivory haul was valued at $12.9m (£10.4m) and was the largest seizure of elephant ivory in Singapore to date, and was estimated to have come from 300 African elephants.
 
Also found in the container were 11.9 tonnes of pangolin scales estimated to be worth about $35.7m. The scales were estimated to have come from 2,000 of the mammals.
 
It brought the total haul of pangolin scales since April to 37.5 tonnes, worth $112.5m…………..
 

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/23/singapore-seizes-record-haul-of-smuggled-elephant-ivory

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