Price difference drives pig smuggling into Vietnam

June 9, 2020

The gap between live hog price between Vietnam and Thailand is high, causing smuggling of pigs from Thailand to surge at the border gates of Vietnam – Laos. The price of pork in Vietnam is USD 4/kg, while in Thailand it is USD 2.3/kg. Although Vietnam has agreed to buy live pigs from Thailand, it has not yet taken effect, according to Tran Thi Thu Phuong, Import Manager at the Department of Animal Health. Unofficial sources told Asian Agribiz that there are about 2000-3000 pigs imported daily into Vietnam via Laos’ borders.