The director-general of the Cambodian Department of Customs and Excise, Kun Nhim directed all branch directors to intensify their efforts and crack down on ivory smuggling. In a letter, Mr Nhim reminded branch chiefs: “Importing, exporting and transporting elephant and rhino ivory and furniture made from them are illegal acts.”
Mr Nhim’s instructions come after signs that Cambodia’s illicit ivory trade is expanding. In December, Cambodian authorities made their largest ivory seizure ever recorded on Cambodian soil. They found 3.2 tonnes of elephant tusks hidden in a storage container in the capital, Phenom Peng’s port. The container had arrived from Mozambique.