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On Monday, 20 April 2015, at 15:30 hours Dr. Somchai Satjaphong, Director of Royal Thai Customs announced that the Customs Department seized 739 pieces of African elephant tusks, weight 4,000 kilograms valued at 200 million baht (6 Million US Dollars) (Note: approx. $6,250,000 USC at exchange rate 32 baht / $1 USD).

The ivory was in a shipping container no. CMAU 2140407 carried on the vessel KATA BHUM voyage on 18 April 2015. The container had been declared as transit cargo of 14,000 kilograms of beans in route to Lao PDR. The cargo originated in the Republic of the Congo, Africa.

After investigation of the smuggling route which was received from an informant and using technical means to track the container, officials learned the container had been taken to load cargo at Matadi, Republic of the Congo on 2 February 2015 and transported down the Congo river, to Point Noire port, Republic of the Congo where the container was transferred to the vessel CMA CGM AFRICA TWO for Port Klang, Malaysia. There it was transferred to the vessel KATA BHUM for transit to Thailand. The container arrived at the Port of Bangkok after a total of 2 months in transit.

Afterwards, TEC LOGISTICS LTD. Company was granted permission to trans ship the cargo across Thailand under permit no. 01192580800207, which specified the cargo would transit Thailand to the Chong Mek Customs facility in Ubol Ratchathani province, with MANISOOK TRADING LAOS, CO. LTD as the final destination recipient of the cargo. Customs investigation and suppression officials who had been tracking the container and Port of Bangkok officials then conducted a successful search and seizure of the container.

The African ivory was seized as evidence as a listed offense according to sections 38 and 99 of the Customs Act of 1926, sections 16-17 of the Customs Act (9th amendment) of 1939, section 58/1 Customs Act of 2015, and section 23, paragraph 1, Wildlife Protection Act of 1992. Elephant tusks and ivory are forbidden to import into or pass through the country, in accordance with the CITES treaty regarding the international trade in endangered wildlife.

The seizure by Customs in this instance is a core policy of Royal Thai Customs regarding the suppression of forbidden goods which are moved across international borders by transnational criminal groups, by using intelligence and technical means. This ivory seizure is considered to be the largest ever in the history of Thailand. From the data and investigations, it is believed if this lot of ivory had crossed the border into Laos; it would have been distributed to groups of buyers in China, Vietnam as well as Thailand.

During 2014, the Customs Department seized ivory in 11 cases consisting of about 50 pieces, total weight of 103.27 kilograms with value of 19,688,154 baht (note: approximately $615,254 USC) During 2015, the Customs Department seized ivory in 2 cases totaling about 500 pieces totaling 29.5 kilograms valued at 5 million baht (note: approx. $156,250 USC). Translated from: Royal Thai Customs, bulletin no. 25/2558, dated 20 April 2015 Websitewww.customs.go.th Origin of the Ivory shipment: Matadi, Congo to Port Noire, Congo, then to Port Klang Malaysia (Google maps)

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AVA and Singapore Customs officers recovered 106 pieces of ivory from 15 wooden crates in the container.

3 April 2014 Acting on a tip-off, officers from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) and Singapore Customs worked together to intercept and detain a shipment of illegal ivory, estimated to be worth S$2 million.

This is the third largest seizure of illegal ivory by Singapore authorities since 2002

The shipment, which was declared as coffee berries, was transiting through Singapore from Africa in a 20-foot container and destined for another Asian country. AVA and Singapore Customs officers detected irregularities in the consignment of goods when the container was scanned at the Pasir Panjang Export Inspection Station on 25 March 2014.

A total of 106 pieces of illegal raw ivory tusks, weighing about one tonne, were recovered from 15 wooden crates. AVA is currently investigating the case.

Full press release: ava.gov.sg

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12 October 2013 - A hand-made rifle together with other hunting gears and a pair of chain block believed to be used in logging were found unattended by wildlife rangers of Alaungdaw Kathapa National Park during their regular patrol inside the park. A hand-made rifle was kept at the Police Station of Yinmapin Township for further investigation.

16 October 2013 - Forest Department Officials found 33.26 kilograms of dried meat of wild cow or banteng (Bos banteng ) and 0.5 cubic meter of teak sawn-timber during their patrol in proposed North Zamrari Elephant Range. The dried meats confiscated were destroyed, and no suspect could be identified for that case.

17 October 2013 - Two alive pangolins were seized from two persons on a motorbike running on Mandalay-Lashio Highway Road by a team comprised of Forest Department Officials and Myanmar Police Force. The offenders are being charged in accordance with section 37(a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine of up to Kyats 50,000 or both. The confiscated pangolins were then released into their natural habitat near Lashio Township.

24 October 2013 - 159 tortoises and 41 turtles were found by Mobile Inspection Team comprised of officials from Ministry of Commerce at border checkpoint near Muse Township, Shan State. Three turtles died and the alive ones are being kept at the Turtle Rescued Center located in Naungcho Township, Shan State and the related suspects for that case are being investigated.

10 November 2013 - In response to the information of a wild elephant was killed in Sitsayan Reserved Forest located in Ayeyawady Region, Forest Department Officials took necessary action immediately and seized 8 poachers together with 30 (fresh) and 90 (dry) elephant tails and a hand-made firearm. All poachers are being charged in accordance with section 37(a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine of Kyats 50,000 or with both.

15 November 2013 - Myanmar Police Force seized a package containing of 49.89 kilograms of elephant skin (dry) from a bus at 115 mile High-way Station located in Phyue Township, Bago Region. The suspects for that case are being investigated.

In September of 2013, authorities were able to seize and recover illegally logged timber in Chatthin, Shwe U Daung and Hukaung Valley Wildlife Sanctuaries, as follows:

25-29 November 2013 - A team comprised of Officials from Forest Department and Shwe-U-Daung Wildlife Sanctuary seized 77.35 cubic meters of timber during patrolling in the Wildlife Sanctuary; 63.13 cubic meters of Teak (Tectona grandis) and 14.2 cubic meters of other hardwoods ( Pterocarpus macrocarpus, Xylia xylocarpa, Dipterocarpus tuberculatus and Shorea obtusa). Further investigation is underway and the confiscated timbers are kept at the Forest Department Office of Moemeik Township, Shan State.

Crack-down on the Illegal Timber Trade in Myanmar

Forest Department is taking actions seriously against illegal trade of timber, forest products and wildlife in cooperation with Police Force and relevant Line Departments. Within November 2013, a total of 3808.35 cubic meters of illegal timber were confiscated from a total of 1171 illegal cases. All the offenders were charged in accordance with Forest Law (1992).

 

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15 January 2014 - 567 snakes were found from a car at 105 mile checkpoint of Muse Township, Shan State, Myanmar by a team comprised of officials from Forest Department and Mobile Inspection Team. Of all confiscations, 66 viper and 29 cobra were transferred to No.1, Pharmaceutical Industry (Yangon) for medicinal purposes while 472 racer snakes were released into Shwe-U-Daung Wildlife Sanctuary. The suspect for that case is being investigated.

19 January 2014 - One Asiatic softshell Turtle (Amyda cartilaginea) was seized by Forest Department Officials of Myitkyina Township, Kachin State, Myanmar. The seized turtle was released into the Ayeyarwady River. The suspect for that case is being investigated.

23 January 2014 - Forest Department Officials seized a person together with 46 packages containing 2,786.6 kilogram of illegal orchids at the Kyeintone-Milar Highway Road of Shan State, Myanmar. The defendant was being charged in accordance with section 36 (b) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine of Kyats up to 30,000 or with both.

30 January 2014 - Forest Department Officials seized two people for transporting illegal timber and forest products (0.03 cubic meter of Xylia xylocarpa, 150 poles of bamboo, two chain saws and one motor vehicle) in proposed North Zamari Elephant Range of Bago Region, Myanmar. The suspects were being charged in accordance with section 36 (c) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine of Kyats up to 30,000 or with both.

9 February 2014 - Forest Department Officials seized 0.74 cubic meter of illegal timber and two chain saws together with two defendants in Taninthayi Nature Reserve of Taninthayi Region, Myanmar. The defendants were being charged in accordance with section 36 (b) and (c) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine of Kyats up to 30,000 or with both.

21 February 2014 - Forest Department Officials seized two alive pangolins from a defendant at Yangon-Mandalay Highway road of Taungoo Township, Bago Region, Myanmar. The defendant was being charged in accordance with section 37 (a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine of up to Kyats 50,000 or both.

24 February 2014 - Forest Department Officials confiscated 4.39 cubic meter of illegal logs and plywood of teak (Tectona grandis), one chain saw and one motor vehicle in Proposed North Zamari Elephant Range of Bago Region, Myanmar. All confiscations are kept at the Forest Department Office of Lapatan Township and the offender is being investigated.

1 March 2014 - Forest Department Officials seized a person with 214 bags (8,830 kilogram) of illegal wild orchids at Kyeintone-Taungyi Highway Road of Eastern Shan State, Myanmar. The defendant was being charged in accordance with section 36 (b) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine of Kyats up to 30,000 or with both.

3- 4 March 2014 - Forest Department Officials seized three persons with four buffaloes, one chain saw, one chain bar and one motor cycle that would be used for illegal timber logging in Proposed North Zamari Elephant Range of Bago Region, Myanmar. The defendants were being charged in accordance with section 36 (c) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine of Kyats up to 30,000 or with both.

12 March 2014 - Forest Department Officials together with village heads seized 24.5 kilogram of green orchid and 4.9 kilogram of dry orchid from a defendant at his house of Gangaw Township of Magwe Region, Myanmar. The defendant was being charged in accordance with section 36 (b) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years or with fine of Kyats up to 30,000 or with both.

Confiscating towards the Illegal Timber Trade in Myanmar

Forest Department of Myanmar is seriously paying attention to combat illegal wildlife trade as well as other associated trade including illegal timber trade that leads to the deforestation, forest degradation and loss of royalties. The combating towards those trades is the collaborative action between Forest Department, Myanmar Police Force and local administration. From January to February 2014, a total of 23,541.84 cubic meters of illegal timber were seized from 4,032 cases across the country. The suspects involved in those illegal timber trades were taken actions against the laws, particularly with Forest Law (1992).

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7 December 2013 - 788 snakes were found to be transported by two motor vehicles at (16) mile checkpoint of Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region by a team of officials from Forest Department, Custom Department and Myanmar Police Force. All the alive vipers were saved and transferred to No.1 Pharmaceutical Industry (Yangon) for medicinal purposes, while alive racer snakes were released back into the nearest protected area, Shwe-U-Daung Wildlife Sanctuary. And the dead ones were set ablaze for destruction. The motor vehicles employed for transport remained at the Custom Department Office of Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region. One defendantwas being charged in accordance with section 35(a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine of up to Kyats 10,000 or both. The other one allegedly involved was also put into the custody for further investigation.

8 December 2013 - 255 racer snakes were found to be transported by a car at (16) mile checkpoint of Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region by a team of officials from Forest Department, Custom Department and Myanmar Police Force. All the alive ones were saved and released back into the nearest protected area, Shwe-U-Daung Wildlife Sanctuary. The car employed for illicit transport remainedat the Custom Department Office of Patheingyi Township, Mandalay Region and the defendant was put into police custody.

9 December 2013 - Forest Department officials found 31.53 cubic meters ofillicit logs during their patrol around the Shwe-U-DaungWildlife Sanctuary. Those are of different species: Dipterocarpus tuberculatus, Portiumserratum, Chuckrasia tabualaris and Shorea obtusa. The suspects for that case was yet to be identified.

11-13 December 2013 - 201.8 cubic meters of illicit logs were found by Forest Department officials from Shan State and Shwe-U-Daung Widlife Sanctuary during the joint patrol conducted in the Sanctuary; 7.89 cubic meters of Teak (Tectonagrandis),169.7 cubic meters of Dipterocarpus tuberculatus and 24.21 cubic meters of other hardwoods. All the confiscations are transferred to the Forest Department of Moemaik Township, Shan State and the investigation is still underway to define the culprits.

16 December 2013 - Four horns of goral (Naemorehedus goral), two antlers of takin (Budorcas taxicolor) and two antlers barking deer (Muntiacus muntjak) antlers were confiscated from a person at Putao Airport by Putao Airport Security. The offender is being charged in accordance with section 37 (a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine of up to Kyats 50,000 or both.

22 December 2013 - 48 pangolins were found to be transported by a car running on Yangon-Mawlamyaing Highway Road by a team of officials from Forest Department and Myanmar Police Force. Among them, six pangolins were found to be dead then set ablaze for destruction. The alive ones were released into the Kyeikhtiyoe Reserve Forest. The defendant is being charged in accordance with section 37 (a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years or with fine of up to Kyats 50,000 or both.

10 January 2014 - 376 boxes containing of 9,250 snakes were seized from a car running from Pinlon to Laechar, Southern Shan State by a local team of officials from Forest Department, General Administration Department and Myanmar Police Force. Of all confiscations, cobras and vipers were saved and transferred to No.1, Pharmaceutical Industry (Yangon) for medicinal purposes while racer snakes were released into the wild. The two offenders are being charged in accordance with section 35(a) of the Protection of Wildlife and Protected Areas Law (1994) and shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine of up to Kyats 10,000 or both.

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