Hong Kong Customs seizes suspected scheduled red sandalwood worth HK$17m


21st January 2022 – (Hong Kong) ​Hong Kong Customs today seized about 3,378 kilograms of suspected scheduled red sandalwood, with an estimated market value of about HK$17 million, at Hong Kong International Airport.

 Through risk assessment, Customs officers today inspected an air consignment, declared to be carrying furniture raw materials, arriving in Hong Kong from Dubai. Upon inspection, Customs officers found the batch of suspected scheduled red sandalwood inside two large wooden boxes.

  The case was handed over to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up investigation.

Under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, any person found guilty of importing or exporting an endangered species without a licence is liable to a maximum fine of HK$10 million and imprisonment for 10 years.