The Myanmar Timber Merchants Association reports that its members lose up to $200 Million per year in revenue due to illegal logging activities.
The timber is illegally cut down and exported to China.
According to environmental security officials, the areas were illegally logging are highly active is in the Kachina and Shan states that are located near the Myanmar-China border.
Source: “Millions lost in illegal timber trade with China,” Eleven Myanmar, December 4, 2013.
According to security services in Colombia, between 10 to 15 percent of the fuel used by drivers in Colombia was smuggled into the country.
Roughly one million gallons of gasoline is smuggled into the country each day, with 70 to 80 percent of the fuel coming from Venezuela. The remaining gas is smuggled into Colombia from Ecuador.
In Venezuela, a gallon of gasoline costs about 1 cent when using the black market exchange rate.
Source: Matthew Bristow and Andrew Willis, “Cocaine for Venezuela Fuel Tankers Irks Colombia Tax Boss,” Bloomberg, December 2, 2013.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature reports that there are about 500,000 elephants living in Africa.
In 2012, poachers killed an estimated 22,000 elephants across Africa for the elephants ivory.
The black market trade in ivory rose to the highest level recorded in 16 years during 2011.
70 percent of the ivory that is taken from dead elephants are shipped to China.
(Prices of endangered animals on the illegal wildlife trade market.)
Source: Michael Gunn, “Poaching May Wipe Out Fifth of Africa’s Elephants, Groups Say,” Bloomberg, December 2, 2013.
A wildlife protection organization in Cyprus stated that companies were offering tourists to go off the coast of the country and illegally fish for sharks.
Nireas Marine Research stated that companies charge tourists $1,360 (€1,000) to fish for sharks. In videos and photos posted on Facebook, the tourist catches the shark and pulls it on to the boat. Then, using a hammer, the tourist beats the shark to death.
Source: Peter Stevenson, “NGOs say nothing is done to stop illegal shark-fishing,” Cyprus Mail, November 28, 2013.
The Gila Monster is one of two venomous lizards that are found in North America.
Wildlife Officials in the US state of Arizona report that wildlife traffickers are able to sell these lizards for up to $1,500 on the black market.
(More wildlife trade prices on the black market.)
Source: Peter Haden, “Poachers hunt Arizona reptiles for black market sales,” Arizona Daily Star, November 28, 2013.
In Cambodia, one of the most popular wildlife that was trafficked in 2013 was the pangolin. According to wildlife conservation officials, the meat of a pangolin is sold on the black market for $300 per kilogram. The pangolin’s scales, which is used for medicinal purposes, is sold for $3,000 per kilogram.
Across Asia, the average price for a whole, live pangolin is $1,000.
(See more prices of the illegal wildlife trade.)
In the first nine months of 2013, wildlife officials in Cambodia seized over 2,000 live animals and over 2,300 dead animals while arresting 125 wildlife traffickers. Back in 2001, officials were seizing around 4,400 live animals such as elephants, tigers and bears.
Experts state that the decline in seizures is caused because the population of those animals have been declining due to poaching.
Source: Stuart White, “Animal trade down,” Phnom Penh Post, November 27, 2013.
Environmental activists estimate that up to 80 percent of the timber that is processed in Vietnam was smuggled into the country from Cambodia and Laos. It is also alleged that the Vietnamese military assists in the smuggling of illegal timber.
The amount timber estimated to be smuggled into Vietnam in 2013 was higher than the 48 percent estimate made by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2010.
Source: Marianne Brown, “EU timber policy slows illegal logging in Vietnam,” Deutsche Welle, November 26, 2013.
Between 2001 and 2011, Chinese fishing boats caught an estimated 3.1 million tonnes of fish off the coast of Africa. 80 percent of the catch was unreported and fell under the illegal fishing framework.
The catch from Africa makes up most of the 4.6 million tons of fish that were caught by Chinese vessels between the time period. During the ten year span, the value of the fish was worth $12 Billion.
In addition to Africa, boats from China are active in the waters off South Korea. 4,605 cases of illegal fishing by Chinese boats have been recorded by South Korean security services between 2003 and 2013.
Source: Christina Larson. “China’s Illegal Fishing Expeditions Threaten World Waters,” Bloomberg Businessweek, November 19, 2013.
The winning purse of a cockfighting match in Los Angeles, California can be as high as $15,000, according to sheriff officials.
In 2010, up to 400 roosters were seized during illegal gambling raids in the San Bernadino area of California. In addition to the roosters, 43 people were prosecuted for running illegal cockfighting rings.
On average, about 100 people are arrested for cockfighting rings in California each year.
(More profits and earnings from black market activities here.)
Source: Sandra Endo, “Illegal Animal Fights on the Rise in LA,” My Fox LA, November 19, 2013.