Detections

Bio Diversity Protection Detections 2

Smuggling of 41 Live Tortoises detected


On 07th January 2016, 41 Numbers of live star tortoises (Geochelons elegans) were being smuggled out and was detected at Departure Terminal of Bandaranaike International Airport. These tortoises were concealed in two checked in baggage belonged to a Sri Lankan passenger who was bound for Thailand. This is a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.


Detections of Precious endemic wood -Wallapatta (Gyrinops walla)



Wallapatta (Gyrinops walla) is an endemic plant and its perfumery value was identified very recently. It produces a resinous substance which fetches high price in other countries as it is used in the production of perfumes. Wallapatta is considered as a forest produce, hence exportation is restricted. Exportation without a valid forest permit is violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Forest Conservation Ordinance. 35.6 kg of Wallapatta (Gyrinops walla) were detected at BIA departure Passenger terminal on 21th October 2016 while being attempted to smuggle out to Dubai by a Sri Lankan National. On 27th November 2016, 45.8 kg of Wallapatta (Gyrinops walla) wooden pieces were detected at BIA departure Passenger terminal while attempted to smuggle out to Dubai by two Sri Lankan Nationals.



Sandalwood smuggle busted



Exportation of any part of Sandalwood (Santalum album) is prohibited, since the Sandalwood (Santalum album) is a protected tree in Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. Exportation of any product of sandalwood a violation of Forest Conservation Ordinance and CustomsOrdinance (Chapter 235).

60.3 kg of Sandalwood (Santalum album) logs were detected by the officers at Air Cargo Export Verification Terminal on 02nd January 2016, when being attempted to smuggle out to Pakistan as mail parcels.



Detection of Edible Bird Nests



The edible bird nests of the trade come from the nests of five species of Swifts that inhabit Asia, and are thus collectively called Edible-nest Swifts. Sri Lanka has the Indian Swiftlet/Indian Edible-nest Swift (Collocalia unicolor) that makes a nest mainly from its saliva and is considered as one of these five whose nests are collected for the trade. Mostly these are smuggled out to china by Chinese passengers through the Airport.

Exportation of Edible bird nests is a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Fauna and Flora Protection ordinance. 5.9Kgs of edible bird nests were detected at Air Cargo Export Verification Terminal on 15.11.2016 while being attempted to smuggle out to Hong Kong with dried sea cucumber. The goods were declared by the company as dried sea cucumber/dry fish.


Illegal export of Kothala Himbutu mugs attempt detected



Salacia reticulata (Kothala Himbutu) is an indigenous plant to Sri Lanka that contains high specific medicinal value in healing diabetes, hepatitis, digestion, etc. This plant has around 150 patents and pending patent applications. Majority is obtained by Japanese. Japan is the one of the foremost producer of drugs using this plant. Due to the growing demand for this in the international trade, many attempts are being made to smuggle it.Salacia reticulatais considered as a forest produce and protected under Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance.

Exportation any product ofSalacia reticulatais a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance and Forest Conservation Ordinance. 07 numbers of Salaciareticulata mugs were forfeited at BIA departure Passenger terminal on 09th November 2016while being attempted to smuggle out to China by a Chinese National.


Detections of Live birds



On 20th September 2016, 27 Numbers of live birds were detected by the officers at Pettah gate, Colombo Harbour while being attempted to smuggle out to Maldives by a two Maldivian nationals. 11 Rose ringed Parakeets (Psittacula krameri), 6 Gouldian Finches (Fringillidae) and 10 Red Vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) were concealed in a box. At the detection, it was found that 10 parakeets and 04 finches were died inside the box.

This is a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance. Forfeited live birds were handed over to the Department of National Zoological Gardens.



365 Sea shells detected



Exportation of sea shells is a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Fauna and Flora Protection ordinance and Exportation of chanks without valid license/ permit issued by the Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources is a violation of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read withFisheries and Aquatic Resources Act.

365 numbers of chanks and seashells were detectedat BIA departure Passenger terminal on 14th October 2016 while being attempted to smuggle out to Indiaby an Indian National. Among the forfeited sea shells, there were protected species. And the passenger was unable to produce a permit to export chanks too.


Detection of Antique Ceramic ware



Exportation of Antiques without the valid license/ permit issued by the Director General of Archaeology is an offence in terms of provisions of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Antiquities Ordinance.

On 11th February 2016, 13 numbers of used ceramic ware were detained suspicious to be having Archaeological value at the Colombo International Container Terminals Limited in Colombo Harbour while being attempted to export without a valid permit. Those ceramic ware were found among the other personal effects in a consignment of a British Citizen. Department of Archaeology has confirmed that 11 numbers of ceramic ware were Antiques.

On 18th December 2016, 08 ceramic ware were detained while being attempted to smuggle out without a valid permit. These ceramic ware were concealed in the checked in baggage of a Lebanon passenger.


Detection of Antique Stone Statues



On 28th June 2016 three stone Statues were detained suspicious to be having Archaeological value belonging at the departure terminal of Bandaranaike International Airport while being attempted to smuggle out without a valid permit. Those statues were found concealed among other personal goods in baggage of Chinese passenger.

Department of Archaeology has confirmed that two statues were Antiques. Subsequently goods were forfeited. Exportation of Antiques without the valid license/ permit issued by the Director General of Archaeology is an offence in terms of provisions of Customs Ordinance (Chapter 235) read with Antiquities Ordinance.



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