Hong Kong, on November 2, 2018, staff seized about 83 000 kilograms (83 tons) of suspected Guatemala Dalbergia (also known as Guatemala Dalbergia) timber in three containers at the Kwai Chung Customs House inspection site. The market value is approximately HK$3.3 million.
Customs officers inspected three containers arriving from Panama through a risk assessment. After inspection, Customs officers found the suspected Guatemala Dalbergia wood in the container.
The case has been referred to the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department for follow-up action.
According to the Protection of Endangered Species of Animals and Plants Ordinance, anyone who illegally imports and exports endangered species is liable on conviction to a maximum fine of 10 million yuan and imprisonment for 10 years.