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Hong Kong seizes its largest ivory haul in 30 years

The haul of illegal ivory was found in a container shipment from Malaysia. Credit: APTN

Hong Kong has seized its biggest ivory haul in 30 years, according to customs officials.

Around 7.2 tonnes of elephant tusks, with an estimated worth of just over 9 million US dollars (£7million) were found in a container shipment from Malaysia.

They were hidden in cartons labelled as frozen fish.

Authorities believe the final destination of the ivory was not Hong Kong and likely to have been "other nearby countries".

Wan Hing-chuen, from Hong Kong Customs, said: "Judging from the large quantity of seized ivory, we don't think Hong Kong is the final destination.

"Most probably, they will further export it to other nearby countries," he added.

Three people at a trading company in Hong Kong have been arrested in connection with the shipment.