High prices spur pig smuggling from Vietnam to China

VIET NAM - A pork shortage and record pork prices in China have led to an increase in the number of pigs smuggled into the country from Vietnam, the official Xinhua news agency reported Wednesday.
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A vendor sells pork at a market on the outskirts of Beijing

Chinese police in the southern region of Guangxi, bordering Vietnam, have seized more than 400 pigs that were smuggled into the country since Aug, the news agency said.

On Tuesday, border police in the region's Dongxin town found 48 pigs with no quarantine certificates that were being transported via the border on three tractors, it said.

Xinhua said the region's border police have launched campaigns since Aug to crackdown on smuggling, which has become rampant because of high domestic pork prices and pork shortage in some areas.

All the smuggled pigs were destroyed, it said.


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