A total of about 16 kg of ivory and ivory products have been seized since January, said customs authorities in Kunming, capital of southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
Over the period, Kunming Customs has investigated 298 smuggling cases involving 451 ivory items amid its intensified anti-smuggling efforts, the customs said Wednesday.
Since Jan. 9, Kunming Changshui International Airport has been involved in 164 cases involving ivory and ivory products, accounting for 55.03 percent of the total seizures in the customs area. A total of 221 ivory items with a net weight of about 7.3 kg have been seized.
China banned all domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017 as part of its commitment to protecting wild animals.