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A compilation of seizures and prosecutions reported in the TRAFFIC Bulletin from 1997 onwards (PDF, 1.6 MB)


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Monday
Sep172012

Pangolins and other wildlife seized in Dongmen

On 13th September 2012, Shenzhen Forest Police seized 122 pangolins, 6 Giant Salamanders, 1 bear paw and 27 frozen owls at a house in Dongmen, China. 4 suspects were detained.

More (in Chinese) at: http://city.sz.net.cn/city/2012-09/16/content_3014151.htm

Monday
Jul092012

7.7. kg red coral seized by Huanggang Customs

On 27th June, Huanggang Customs made two seizures of red coral products within at hour, total weight 7.66 kg.

More (in Chinese) at: http://gzdaily.dayoo.com/html/2012-07/02/content_1753642.htm

Friday
Jun292012

2.5 years for illegal online purchase of ivory statue

A man has been sentenced to 2.5 years in jail with 4 years probabation and a fine of RMB4,000 after he attempted to purchase an ivory statue from an internet auction website, reports CWCA.

More (in Chinese) at: http://www.cwca.org.cn/Article/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=26434

Thursday
Jun282012

Beijing Airport Customs confiscate 42 kg pangolin scales

On 17th June 2012, Beijing Airport Customs confiscated 42 kg of pangolin scales and 310 g of rhino horn, carried by two Chinese nationals arriving from Doha, Qatar

More (in Chinese) at: http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab39267/info375634.htm

 

Wednesday
Jun272012

Tiger bone seized in Inner Mongolia

On 14th June, Manzhouli Customs in Inner Mongolia seized 28 pieces of Amur Tiger bone from a Chinese national returning from Russia. The parts, weighing 150 g, were found concealed inside the suspect's socks.

More (in Chinese) at: http://www.nmg.xinhuanet.com/xwzx/2012-06/24/content_25427768.htm

Wednesday
Jun202012

49 monitor lizards seized by Zhanjiang Customs

In May 2012, following a tipoff, Zhanjiang Customs intercepted a car on the Maozhan Highway and found 49 monitor lizards in woven bags and iron cages.

More (in Chinese) at: http://zjphoto.yinsha.com/file/201205/2012053015322738.htm

Wednesday
Jun202012

442 yew seedlings seized by Dalian Customs

In May 2012, Dalian Customs seized more than 440 Chinese yew seedlings from a suspect from South Korea.

More (in Chinese) at: http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab39267/info372255.htm

Wednesday
Jun202012

Wuhan Customs seize 460 orchids

In May 2012, Wuhan Customs seized 460 Faber Cymbidium from a foreign national travelling to South Korea.

More (in Chinese) at: http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab39267/info372004.htm

Thursday
Jun072012

45 tonnes of Red Sanders seized in China

Tianjin Customs are investigating a case involving a suspect with business interests in UAE following the seizure of almost 45 tonnes of Red Sanders in Tianjin earlier in 2012.

More (in Chinese) at: http://legal.people.com.cn/GB/17969459.html

Monday
May142012

5 years jail for smuggling leopard skins from Africa to China

Zhengzhou Middle People Court, Henan Province, China, has sentenced a man to 5 years in jail with a fine of CNY20000 (USD3100) for his role in smuggling two Leopard skins from Senegal, where he was based to China.

More at: http://zy.takungpao.com/n/20120510/123842.html  (in Chinese)

Monday
May142012

10 years jail for pangolin smugglers in China

Tengchong County People Court, Yunnan Province, China, has sentenced two men to 10 years each in jail and fined them CNY8,000 for their part in smuggling 42 pangolins in November 2011.

 

More at: http://yn.xinhuanet.com/newscenter/2012-05/11/c_131581343.htm (in Chinese)

Monday
May142012

Pangolin scales seized by Shenzhen Bay Customs, China

Shenzhen Bay Customs seized 25.4 kg from a passenger on a shuttle bus from Hong Kong to Shenzhen on the night of 13th May. The Chinese passenger arrested said he had obtained the scales when he worked in Pakistan and planned to sell them in China. The case is being investigated further.

More at: http://www.customs.gov.cn/publish/portal0/tab39267/info365276.htm (in Chinese)

Wednesday
Apr182012

Elephant tusks seized at Jingjiang port

Divers have located two elephant ivory tusks thrown overboard into the Yangtzee River. Taizhou Customs received a tip-off that sailors from a foreign vessel were planning to sell elephant tusks in Jingjiang port and raided their ship. No tusks were found, but two suspects were arrested and revealed the tusks had been ditched in the river. The suspects claimed they bought the tusks in Port Bata, Equatorial Guinea, from local ivory sellers visiting the ship.

More (in Chinese) at: http://roll.sohu.com/20120406/n339860814.shtml

Monday
Apr162012

Ivory bangles and name seals seized in Guangdong, China

On 12th April 2012, Luohu Customs in Guangdong Province seized 5 kg of ivory products including bangles and name seals from two Chinese women arriving from Hong Kong. Both women claimed they were unaware it was illegal to carry ivory across borders.

More (in Chinese) at: http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index/content/2012-04/15/content_3495228.htm?node=20908

Tuesday
Apr102012

876 saiga horns seized on Kazakhstan-China border

On 30th March, Altay Customs in Xinjiang Province discovered 876 Saiga antelope horms weighing 163 kg concealed in luggage on a coach at Jimunai Port on the border with Kazakhstan during a routine check, reports gmw.cn.

More (in Chinese) at: http://health.gmw.cn/2012-04/03/content_3899842.htm