Singapore takes the biggest contraband ivory seizure, nearly nine tonnes worth $ 12.9 million of from an estimated 300 elephants.
The illegal cargo was discovered on Monday in containers from the Democratic Republic of Congo sent to Vietnam via Singapore, which also contained a subcutaneous skin, and it was such a seizure of contraband items within a few months.
Singaporean officials said the ivory and the pelvic skin were hidden in a containerized wooden boxes declared to be sent to Vietnam, via Singapore, a large shipping hub for global trade,
The authorities managed to find 8.8 tons of ivory during the inspection.
“Ivory is estimated to be worth $ 12.9 million and to date is the biggest ivory seizure in Singapore,” said National Parks, Customs and Immigration Board and Inspectorate Authority in a joint statement.
They say, ivory is estimated to be taken from 300 African elephants.
Also found, is 11.9 tonnes of subcutaneous skin estimated at US $ 35.7 million and is believed to be taken from 2,000 mammals.
It is the third seizure of subcutaneous seafront that has been smuggled through Singapore since last April, bringing the total within three months to 37.5 tonnes or worth US $ 112.5 million.
Singapore said the seized goods would be destroyed.