Cambodia Seizes Over One Thousand Elephant Tusks

Cambodia has seized over 3.2 tons of ivory from 1,026 elephant tusks hidden in a shipping container from a shipment from Mozambique at Phnom Penh Autonomous Port.

Demand from China and Vietnam has meant Cambodia has become a key transit point for the illicit wildlife trade. The nation has made a number of high-profile busts over the past five years including the 2014 seizure of three tons of ivory at the port of Sihanoukville, the 2016 seizure of over one ton of ivory and other illegal wildlife products and the 2017 seizure of nearly a ton of tusks, also from Mozambique.

The trade in ivory of Asian Elephants has been prohibited in Cambodia since 1994, and the country ratified CITES in 1997. However, Cambodian legislation does not cover wildlife originating from outside the country, so domestic trade in African ivory is not yet prohibited under Cambodian law.