3.3 tonnes of shark fins seized in Hong Kong

Press Release

Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department

8 June 2021

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Hong Kong Customs seizes over three tonnes of suspected scheduled dried shark fins

Hong Kong Customs yesterday (June 7) seized about 3.3 tonnes of suspected scheduled dried shark fins of endangered species with an estimated market value of about $4.6 million from a container at the Kwai Chung Customhouse Cargo Examination Compound.

Through risk assessment, Customs officers selected a container arriving in Hong Kong from Guinea for inspection and found the batch of suspected scheduled shark fins mix-loaded with non-scheduled shark fins inside the container.

The case was handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of $10 million and imprisonment for 10 years.

Source: Hong Kong Customs

Photo courtesy: Hong Kong Customs

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