USAID Enhances Vietnamese Customs Officers’ Capacity to Investigate Wildlife Trafficking

Speeches Shim

Friday, January 22, 2021

High numbers of wildlife trafficking cases and wildlife products seized from smuggling across Vietnam’s borders demonstrate the severity of wildlife crime in the country. As recently as late December 2020, customs officers seized 51 suspected African rhino horns with a total weight of nearly 94 kilograms from a warehouse near HCMC’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport.  To help Vietnam more successfully counter wildlife trafficking, the USAID Saving Species project supported the Vietnam Customs School to hold a training for 42 customs officers from 32 provinces in Vietnam from January 6-8 in Khanh Hoa province. The training provided customs officers with knowledge on legal documents on wildlife management and protection, basic guidelines on customs control, and techniques on customs control to identify wildlife trafficking cases. The customs officers also visited a crocodile farm in Khanh Hoa province to gain a better understanding of the import and export of bred wild animals in compliance with international and domestic regulations.

So what? USAID’s support for Vietnam Customs is helping them increase their frontline enforcement and effectiveness in the fight against wildlife crime, in alignment with the Indo-Pacific vision’s goal of reducing transnational environmental crime.

Last updated: February 18, 2021

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