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Large shipment of suspected rhino horns discovered in Ho Chi Minh City airport’s warehouse

Large shipment of suspected rhino horns discovered in Ho Chi Minh City airport’s warehouse

Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 11:40 GMT+7
Large shipment of suspected rhino horns discovered in Ho Chi Minh City airport’s warehouse
This photo shows items suspected to be rhino horns that were detected at a warehouse at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, December 22, 2020. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Authorities at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City detected a 93kg shipment suspected to be rhino horns at a warehouse within the airport area on Tuesday morning.

There have yet been official results of the assessment of the items in the shipment.

According to officials, the large amount of alleged rhino horn was in transit from Africa before being transported to some Asian countries.

This amount of genuine rhino horn is estimated to be worth VND40 billion (US$1.72 million).

Vietnam’s laws currently stipulate that rhino horn is prohibited for import into the country since the rhino is on the list of wild animals in need of protection, included in the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

Authority officers examine items suspected to be rhino horns that were detected at a warehouse at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, December 22, 2020. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

Authorities examine items suspected to be rhino horns that were detected at a warehouse at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City, December 22, 2020. Photo: A.X. / Tuoi Tre

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