Ivory on sale in Viet Nam © TRAFFIC

From tusk to trinket Persistent illegal ivory markets in Viet Nam

Ivory on sale in Viet Nam © TRAFFIC


Published 13 December 2018

  English | Tiếng Việt 

Viet Nam’s illegal ivory market thriving

Hanoi, Viet Nam, 13th December 2018— Illegal ivory is widely available in physical and online retail outlets throughout Viet Nam according to a new TRAFFIC report published with support from USAID. The study, “From Tusk to Trinket: Persistent illegal ivory markets in Viet Nam,” documents surveys carried out at 852 retails outlets in 13 locations and 60 individual sellers across 17 online platforms between November 2016 and June 2017. 

From tusk to trinket: Persistent illegal ivory markets in Viet Nam

Report author(s):
Minh D. T. Nguyen, Rosa A. Indenbaum, and Madelon Willemsen

Publication date:
December 2018


1. Locations included 10 cities (Ha Noi, Hai Phong, Ha Long, Mong Cai, Vinh, Da Nang, Hoi An, Nha Trang, Buon Ma Thuot and HCMC) and three villages (Nhi Khe in Ha Noi; Ban Don and Lak in Daklak Province)

View the report summary
View the report summary in Vietnamese


TRAFFIC is a leading non-governmental organisation working to ensure that trade in wild species is legal and sustainable, for the benefit of the planet and people.

About Wildlife TRAPS

The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project is an initiative that is designed to secure a transformation in the level of co-operation between an international community of stakeholders who are impacted by illegal wildlife trade between Africa and Asia. The project is designed to increase understanding of the true character and scale of the response required, to set priorities, identify intervention points, and test non-traditional approaches with project partners.


The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is responsible for the majority of overseas development assistance from the United States Government and works to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing security and prosperity for America and the world


IUCN - International Union for Conservation of Nature is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.