22 December 2012

Kenya: Taxman Seizes Sh2 Million Ivory Bound for China

Kenya Revenue Authority officials in Mombasa netted 108kg of ivory worth Sh2million at the Mombasa port on Thursday evening.

The consignment, consisting of 11 tusks hidden amongst eucalyptus logs in a 20-foot container, was destined for China from South Sudan.

The container was intercepted by Kenya Revenue Authority officials during the regular scanning of the containers at shade number 14 at the port.

KRA southern region assistant commissioner in charge of marketing and communications Fatma Yusuf said that the container was identified after it showed what she termed as 'inconsistency' during the scanning process.

"KRA officers then recommended 100 per cent verification of the container. That is when we discovered the ivory," said Fatma.

"The exporter is indicated as African Timber Company limited and Dhanush forwarders limited cleared the consignment on December 7," said Fatma.

This comes after it was reported that nine elephants had been killed in Tsavo by poachers two weeks ago amid the rising cases of illegal hunting in game parks and reserves across the country.

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