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Customs officials seized a total of 33 rhino horns at Hong Kong's port (AP)

Customs officials seized a total of 33 rhino horns at Hong Kong's port (AP)

Some 127 ivory bracelets were also seized in the haul, which arrived from South Africa (AP)

Some 127 ivory bracelets were also seized in the haul, which arrived from South Africa (AP)

A total of 758 ivory chopsticks were seized in the haul, which is said to be worth more than 17 million Hong Kong dollars (AP)

A total of 758 ivory chopsticks were seized in the haul, which is said to be worth more than 17 million Hong Kong dollars (AP)

Customs officials seized a total of 33 rhino horns at Hong Kong's port (AP)

Customs agents in Hong Kong have confiscated a shipment of rhino horns and ivory worth about 17.4 million Hong Kong dollars (£1.4 million), their biggest such seizure to date.

Officials said that they seized 33 rhino horns, 758 ivory chopsticks and 127 ivory bracelets concealed in a shipping container which arrived at Hong Kong's port from Cape Town, South Africa.

They would not name the container's final destination.

Customs agents found the hidden haul by X-raying the container and then peeling away layers of foil, paper and plastic wrapped around the items.

The seizure tops one in August of 12.5 million HK dollars (£1 million) worth of African ivory.

Several rhino subspecies are believed to have recently become extinct.

PA