JINAN, March 8 (Xinhua) -- Customs authorities in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, have intercepted 4.66 kg of ivories this year.
Since the beginning of this year, Qingdao Customs investigated four ivory-related criminal cases and busted two ivory smuggling cases, confiscating 4.66 kg of ivories and 1 kg of Rhino horn.
Police apprehended three suspects and confiscated nine ivories weighing about 300 grams in the two smuggling cases.
The products were either bought via foreign tour guides or given by foreign business partners of the suspects, authorities said. The ivories, hidden in trucks, were smuggled into China via the southern borders and delivered to other parts of China by express deliveries.
China banned all domestic ivory trade at the end of 2017 as part of its commitment to protecting wild animals.