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Registration of ivory tusks and ivory products starts today

Owners of ivory tusks and ivory products today flock to the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in Bangkok and related offices in upcountry provinces to have their valuables registered as required by the Ivory Tusks Act.

registration of ivoryPeople who have in their possession ivory tusks and ivory products before the enforcement of the act are required to register within 90 days of the enforcement of the law but not after April 21 otherwise they may face a fine of not exceeding three million baht.

And those who possess ivory tusks and ivory products after the enforcement of the law are required to make registration within 30 days of their possession. Failure to do so may face a fine of not exceeding three million baht.

Those who own the products for non-commercial purpose not exceeding four pieces per person and not exceeding 12 pieces per household can skip the registration but such products cannot be sold or transferred to the other people unless they are inherited.

As for traders, exporters and importers in ivory products, they must ask for permission before starting trading. Failure to do so may face three years imprisonment and/or a fine of six million baht. Once permission is granted, the traders can start trading but they are required to keep records of their acquisition of ivory tusks, processing of the tusks and trade transactions.

Thai PBS

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