Customs officers at the northern port city of Hai Phong detected on October 27 elephant tusks weighing nearly one tonne smuggled into Vietnam.

They said the contraband was hidden in sacks of rubber gloves inside a container transported by ship Ability V.0011S, which entered the city’s GreenPort Terminal on October 23.

Nguyen Sy Trang, Deputy Director of the department, said the freight was imported into Vietnam temporarily so that it can be delivered to another country later.

The customs department and wildlife protection organisations will examine the confiscated tusks to clarify their origin, he added.

Over the last three years, the Hai Phong Customs Department uncovered more than 10 tonnes of elephant tusks smuggled into Vietnam with an aim of being re-exported to a third country.

Ivory trade is banned under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) as well as Vietnamese law.-VNA