Zambia is storing 53.2 tonnes of ivory, according to Tourism and Arts Minister Charles Banda. Over half of the ivory, 27.2 tonnes, has been legally collected, but the ivory cannot be sold due to an international ban on trade in ivory. Other African countries have burned their stock piles, but Banda said government is consulting on other ways to utilise it. As China, the largest market for illegal ivory, prepares to impose a domestic ban on the ivory trade, the price of ivory is plummeting. In early 2014, the wholesale price reached $2,100 per kilogramme, but by February 2017, it had dropped to $730 per kilogramme.