August 11, 2022

How North Korea’s sanctions evasion at sea has evolved over time

Former PoE advisor Neil Watts talks shipping, compliance, and the future of maximum pressure

The most recent UN Panel of Experts (PoE) report on DPRK sanctions enforcement noted North Korea's evolving evasion mechanisms in the maritime sector, with Pyongyang now reportedly to be employing multiple techniques to circumvent restrictions on oil imports and coal exports.

The outgoing Panel coordinator Hugh Griffiths, too, recently emphasized the importance of tracking the DPRK's maritime illicit activity, as it underpins many of North Korea's sanctions evasion practices and illegal trade.