According to a statement released today, the State Forest Administration of China will stop approving such imports from today until October 15, 2016.
In a year of harsh criticism against China, the world center for the illegal trade in elephant tusks and whose demand is threatening the species, the Government is showing its "determination" with the protection of the pachyderms, according to a representative of the organization.
The announcement comes after authorities imposed a year-long ban on the import of carved ivory in February, a move that added to increased prosecutions against smugglers and seizures of this material at the border.
Now the authorities are reviewing the impact of that measure taken at the beginning of the year with a view to extending it.
The trade and sale of ivory is legal in China since the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), granted a permission to China to buy this material from four countries in Africa and sell it in the country, as long as there is adequate market regulation.
Each one of the stores in the country (currently there are about 200, according to official data) must show a certificate that supposedly allows the product to be "traced" back to its origin, although on numerous occasions these identifications are falsified.
According to naturalists, this situation shows that the legal market in China helps to launder illegally obtained ivory.