Customs seizes RM13 million worth of rhino horns during warehouse spot check

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR

SEPANG: Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA)’s Customs Department has foiled an attempt to smuggle in 18 rhino horns worth RM13.67 million on April 7.

KLIA Customs director Datuk Hamzah Sundang said it was the first time the department seized the animal parts.

"Our team was carrying out an inspection at the air cargo warehouse of the free-trade zone in KLIA, when they noticed a wooden box believed to contain the item.

"The box was seized and the team found 18 rhino horns weighing 51.4kg worth about RM13 million.

"The box was flown in via Qatar Airways from Mozambique, Africa and its transit point was in Doha," he said at a press conference at KLIA Customs Complex, here, today.

He said the box was addressed to Nilai, Negri Sembilan.

"All documentations including the agents and address turned out to be fake. We are still investigating the case," he said.