According to officials, the border between the Central Asia Countries of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan is filled with illicit trading by smugglers on both sides of the border.
An official in Kyrgyzstan told local media that an estimated $90 Million worth of fruits and vegetables are smuggled from Uzbekistan and into Kyrgyzstan. In the opposite direction, goods produced in China are smuggled into Uzbekistan through Kyrgyzstan.
Customs officials in Uzbekistan reported seizing about $60 Million worth of contraband from smugglers in 2011.
A smuggler in Uzbekistan stated that a smuggler can make up to $300 a day on average.
Source: “Uzbekistan & Kyrgyzstan: Smugglers Own the Night,” Eurasian.net, August 22, 2012.