xi's moments

Hong Kong customs seizes 7,100 kg suspected pangolin scales

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-07-20 22:09

HONG KONG - The customs of China's Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) seized Friday about 7,100 kg of suspected pangolin scales in a container from Nigeria.

The seized pangolin scales, with an estimated market value of about HK$3.55 million (about $450,000), were found when customs officers inspected a 40-foot container declared to contain plastic materials at the Tsing Yi Cargo Examination Compound.

Investigation is ongoing into the case, the HKSAR government's Customs and Excise Department said in a press release.

Under the HKSAR Import and Export Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting unmanifested cargo is liable to a maximum fine of HK$2 million (about $250,000) and imprisonment for seven years.

Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of HK$10 million (about $1.27 million) and imprisonment for 10 years.

BACK TO THE TOP
Copyright 1995 - 2018 . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349