Want China Times
Customs officers at Taiwan’s main airport on Monday confiscated 5.6 kg of undeclared
raw elephant ivory that was brought into the country by a Taiwanese woman returning from Hong Kong.
The woman, who arrived at Taoyuan International Airport on a Cathay Pacific Airways flight, was carrying 120 pieces of raw ivory hidden in peanut candy packages in her checked luggage, Taipei Customs Office said.
Such ivory is usually used to make name stamps, the office said, adding that the 5.6 kg of ivory was confiscated because its importation was in violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act.
Violation of the law carries a penalty of six months to five years in prison and a fine of NT$300,000-$1.5 million (US$9,658-$48,300), the customs office said.
The woman said she was unaware of the law and had been asked by a friend to bring the packages to Taiwan. [FULL STORY]