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Ivory carvings seized at Taoyuan International Airport

On March 15, 2018, Customs officials intercepted an ROC citizen returning from Osaka, Japan at Taoyuan International Airport. Four pieces of smuggled ivory carvings (with a gross weight of 5.37 kg) were found in the passenger's baggage, according to Taipei Customs (TPC). Ivories are products of first-category protected wildlife, TPC added. According to Article 24, Paragraph 1 of the Wildlife Conservation Act, “no import or export of live wildlife or protected wildlife products is allowed without prior approval from the NPA [National Principal Authority].” Offenders, as stipulated in Article 40, “shall be punished with imprisonment for not less than six months and not more than five years, and/or a fine of not less than NT$300,000 and not more than NT$1,500,000.” Due to the violation of wildlife conservation regulations, the artworks were seized and the case was transferred to judicial authorities for investigation.

TPC reiterates the call for travelers bringing protected wildlife products into the country to obtain prior approval and declare at the “Goods to Declare” counter (Red Channel) to avoid penalties.

  • Publish Date:2018-03-23
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