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Domestic Trade Ban in Ivory

On 12 August 2019, Singapore announced a ban on the domestic trade in elephant ivory, which will come into effect on 1 September 2021. With this ban, the sale of elephant ivory and ivory products, and public display of elephant ivory and ivory products for the purpose of sale will be prohibited in Singapore.

This nationwide ban highlights Singapore’s resolve in the fight against illegal trade in species listed under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

While NParks is the national authority responsible for the implementation and enforcement of CITES in Singapore, we work closely with partner enforcement agencies and stakeholders to maintain vigilance and tackle illegal trade of CITES-listed species.

Everyone can play their part to help support the conservation of elephants by not using or buying elephant ivory or ivory products. Any individual or company found to have contravened the ban shall face the following penalties. :

  • A fine of up to S$10,000 per specimen (not exceeding S$100,000 in total); and/or
  • Imprisonment for up to 12 months

For more information, please refer to the press release and frequently asked questions.  

Last updated on 14 August 2019

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