Nearly 900 Pieces of Smuggled Endangered Species Sandalwood Were Seized | CBCGDF Was Highly Concerned and Applied for Information Disclosure
2019/9/22 14:41:00 本站

Recently, China Biodiversity Conservation and Green Development Foundation (CBCGDF) learned from the customs on the release of social media: Xingang Customs, which belongs to Tianjin Customs, seized a batch of goods pretending to be approved as fir and actually sandalwood. The shipment was a batch of wooden furniture and home decorations imported from India by a company in Beijing in a general trade. The declared material is fir, the declared quantity is 892 pieces, 5196 kg, and the declared value is 5199 US dollars. It was confirmed by third-party commodity inspection that the wood furniture and decorations were made of Papilionaceae Dalbergia and belonged to the species listed in Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). The goods were allegedly smuggled and handed over to the follow-up department for further processing.


China officially joined CITES on April 8, 1981. So far, with the active efforts of the relevant state departments, China's compliance work has made remarkable achievements.


CBCGDF delegation led by the Secretary-General attended the CITES CoP18 in Geneva last month. CBCGDF is very concerned about this smuggling of sandalwood. So far, CBCGDF has separately submitted the public information disclosure applications about to the Tianjin Customs Anti-smuggling Bureau and Tianjin Xingang Customs Private Branch about the relevant information on  the specific time, quantity, variety and type of goods, third-party appraisal, case handling, and progress of the falsely reported goods seized this time. CBCGDF will continue to pay attention to the follow-up progress of this incident.



(Photo credit: China Customs Magazine / Economic Information Daily)

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By / Maggie