China's ivory crush was a real milestone; because it is widely known as the planet's most populous country and because of its swelling middle class, China is a huge consumer of wildlife products, especially ivory. Hong Kong's crush will be because it is a major transit nation. Asian and African nations like the Philippines, Kenya and Gabon, all of which burned and/or crushed their stockpiles years ago, are source and transit countries themselves.
This small European country is crushing 1.5 tonnes of ivory, representing a portion of the total seized by customs over the past 25 years. After 1989, when the import of African ivory into the European Union was forbidden, a couple of larger seizures took place. But since then, there have been only small quantities of ivory confiscated from individuals' luggage at airports with intermittent seizures of larger quantities smuggled by traffickers. These seizures have taken place during standard checks by custom authorities in Zaventem, Zeebrugge, Antwerp, Bierset and Charleroi.