The Department of Environmental Affairs says it welcomes the action by the Chinese officials. In a statement the department says: \u201cThe 82.5kg of rhino horn was allegedly smuggled from South Africa in a shipment marked as vehicle parts and was destined for Malaysia when it was intercepted by the Hong Kong customs authorities at Hong Kong International Airport, following a tip-off.\u201d \n\n\n\nThe rhino horn was discovered when the shipment was X-rayed.\n\n\n\nThe South African government news website SAnews.co.za reports Hong Kong customs have indicated that this is the single largest haul of endangered species products in five years. No arrests have been made.\n\n\n\n\u201cIt remains a concern that these consignments are not being detected and seized before they leave South Africa. A review of the measures in place to make such detections is urgently required in order to continue to adapt to the shifts in the modus operandi of the syndicates involved in this transnational crime. \n\n\n\n\u201cWe are in contact with the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation in Hong Kong so that DNA samples of the horns can be brought to South Africa to determine whether they are linked to any ongoing or unsolved poaching investigations,\u201d the department said.\n\n\n\nMembers of the public have been encouraged to report rhino poaching and environmental crimes to the department\u2019s hotline on 0800 205 005 or call 10111.