Agence France-PresseMay 1, 2013 01:30
Hong Kong customs officers have seized 113 ivory tusks worth nearly $400,000 on the Chinese ivory market, officials said on Wednesday.
The smuggled ivory was seized at the airport on Tuesday in a container marked "spare parts" from Burundi which was bound for Singapore, said an official statement.
The total seizure, weighing 300 kilograms (660 pounds), was worth an estimated HK$3 million ($390,000).
"Upon X-ray image analysis, the consignment was detected to contain ivory tusks instead of spare parts," the statement said.