Pemex Losses to Stolen Oil in 2010

Oil smuggling in Mexico dropped in 2010 as state oil producer Pemex reported 1.7 million barrels of oil being stolen in 2010, compared to the nearly 5 billion barrels of oil that was smuggled in 2008. Pemex also found 712 illegal connections to its oil pipelines, almost double the amount of illegal connections in 2009. From the illegal connections to pipelines, Pemex estimates that 10,000 barrels of oil worth $700,000 was smuggled onto the black market every day.

Chicken Smuggling in China and Vietnam

Due to high prices of chicken and pork for the Vietnamese New Year festival, black market smugglers transport chicken and pork meat from China and sell it on the black market in Vietnam. The smugglers buy the meat in China for $1.02 (20,000 Vietnamese Dong) and sell it for $2.05 (40,000 VND) and as high as $3.07 (60,000 VND), easily making over 100 percent profit.

Countries Committing Unauthorized Fishing

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) identified 6 countries that engage in illegal fishing. Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Panama, Portugal and Venezuela were all found to be committing black market activities when it comes to fishing. Illegal fishing activities included fishing during closed sessions, using illegal driftnet, and fishing without proper authorization.