Smuggled ivory, rhino horns seized in Da Nang hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Photo:VNA)

Customs officers and anti-smuggling forces on August 13 confiscated 735 kilogrammes of elephant ivory and rhino horns smuggled through Tien Sa port in the central city of Da Nang, reported Quan doi Nhan dan (People’s Army) daily.

The ivory and rhino horns were hidden in two containers containing marbles shipped from Mozambique to Da Nang.

The case is now under further investigation.

Earlier on August 12, about 100 kg of wildlife products suspected to be elephant tusks and rhino horns were found being smuggled into Vietnam through the Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi.

Elephant tusks and rhino horns are subject to import ban in Vietnam. The animals are listed among animal and plant species under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Wild Fauna and Flora.

On the black market, rhino horn is priced at 133 USD per gramme while African elephant tusk costs up to 2,100 USD per kilogramme.-VNA