Ivory collectors in Thailand may face fines of up to 3 million THB under the new law, if they do not report the items they own to authorities by 30 April, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha warned.

At an opening ceremony of a campaign against illegal ivory trade, Gen Prayut said ivory product traders and owners must inform authorities of their possessions, following the enforcement of the new elephant ivory law.

According to the law, ivory processors are required to obtain licences from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation. If they fail to do so, they could face up to 6 million THB in fines and three years in prison.

The Prime Minister said the government is expected to enforce more regulations this year in order to suppress illegal ivory trade. He urged all sides to cooperate with the government in dealing with the ivory problem, as it could result in international trade sanctions.-VNA