The authorities in Mozambique on Thursday announced that they had seized a container with an unspecified amount of ivory whose declared final destination was Cambodia
Maputo – The elephant tusks was hidden under plastic bottles being shipped for recycling, according to Fernando Tinga, a spokesman for the Tax Authority (AT). The container was one of six with plastic waste that were being inspected. “It gives the impression that it was a camouflage” to cover up the tusks, Tinga said. The ivory was seized during a routine inspection when the authorities realised that the merchandise in the containers did not correspond to what was written on the attached documents. The containers had come from Beluluane, in Maputo province, and were bound for Cambodia, according to the documentation. “This only shows that these kinds of operations have no frontiers,” said Tinga, stressing that stepping up checks was fundamental in combatting poaching in Mozambique. (…)