Transit passenger arrested at Schiphol with suitcase of rhino horns

Photo: Public prosecution department

Officials at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport have discovered five rhino horns and four other items thought to be made of rhino horn in the luggage of a Chinese transfer passenger.

The man, a 30-year old Chinese national was traveling from South Africa to Shanghai. He has been arrested and remanded in custody for two weeks.

Customs officials put the value of the haul at some €500,000.

Some 80% of the world’s remaining rhinos live in South Africa and poaching is a serious problem. Last year, over 1,000 rhinos were killed for their horns which are said to have medicinal powers.