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Suspected Incense Trees seized in illegal export (with photo)
     A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) today (May 8) reminded members of the public not to import or export an endangered species without a license, or they may face prosecution.
     Customs officers today intercepted an outbound male passenger at Shenzhen Bay Control Point and seized about 1.9 kilograms of suspected Aquilaria sinensis (Incense Tree) wood chips in his backpack. The estimated market value was about $152,000.
     The case was handed over to the AFCD for follow-up investigation.
     All Aquilaria species, including the native Incense Tree, are listed in Appendix II to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. They are regulated under the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance.
     The import, export, re-export or possession of specimens of scheduled species not in accordance with the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance is an offence. The maximum penalty is a fine of $5,000,000 and imprisonment for two years. The specimens will also be forfeited upon conviction.
     To enquire about the importation or exportation of endangered species and to report illegal imports or exports, the public can call 1823 or visit the website www.cites.hk.
Ends/Monday, May 8, 2017
Issued at HKT 21:00
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An outbound male passenger was intercepted at the Shenzhen Bay Control Point today (May 8). The estimated market value of the suspected Aquilaria sinensis (Incense Tree) wood chips seized was about $152,000.