Singapore made a record seizure of pangolin scales and ivory tusks last weekend after authorities uncovered three containers filled with 11.9 tons of pangolin scales and 8.8 tons of elephant ivory.
The animal products were shipped from the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and headed for Vietnam.
The seizure took place after China Customs officers shared relevant intelligence with the Singapore authorities following the recent arrest of 12 people on suspicion of wildlife trafficking in China. Singapore’s National Parks Board, Customs and the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority inspected the shipment that was said to contain timber, according to the bill of lading. Read on.