Rhino Horn Shipment from Mozambique Seized in Philippines

Six rhino horns were found hidden among 300 sacks of cashew nuts in a shipment which arrived in the Philippines from Mozambique.

Customs officials in the Philippines seized six rhino horns hidden among 300 sacks of cashew nuts in a shipment which arrived from Mozambique.

The shipper of the rhino horns and cashew nuts, Chisteva Import and Export, did not file an entry for its consignee and customs broker, which prompted customs and intelligence operatives to investigate the cargo.

Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon said rhino horn trafficking would not be tolerated in the Philippines.

We strongly condemn the smuggling of endangered species because it causes irreparable damage to nature and the environment. The seizure of these rhinoceros horns today should serve as a warning to ill minded traders that the Philippines is no place for them to indulge in their illicit trade.

Southeast Asian countries are frequently utilized as transit points for wildlife contraband destined for China.

Although the final destination of this shipment was not revealed at the time of writing, it is worth noting that Southeast Asian countries are frequently utilized as transit points for wildlife contraband headed for China.


Source: Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines and @CommssionerBOC

Comments

comments

Rhishja Cota-Larson

I am the founder of Annamiticus, and I work as an independent Wildlife Trade and Communication Design Consultant. I have journeyed to the streets of Hanoi to research the illegal wildlife trade, and to the rainforests of Sumatra and Java to document the world’s rarest rhinos. I am a Co-Chair of the SSN Pangolin Working Group. At CITES meetings, I collaborate with colleagues from around the world to lobby in favor of protecting endangered species. I am a Wildlife Trade and Trafficking Consultant for the upcoming documentary The Price, the host of Behind the Schemes and author of the book Murder, Myths & Medicine. I enjoy desert gardening, herping, reading, designing, and walking with my dogs.