September 21, 2023

Singapore dumped 4,632 boxes of red wine destined for North Korea

Authorities intercepted the shipment and customs destroyed in yet another crackdown on luxury goods

Singapore dumped thousands of cases of dry red wine destined for North Korea in a sanctions-related bust meant to stop smugglers from bringing luxury items into the DPRK.

A new, unpublished report from the U.N. Panel of Experts stated that Singaporean authorities intercepted one shipment of 1,158 cases of wine on Jan. 31, 2020. A Singaporean court then ordered customs to “dispose” of the haul — a total of 4,632 three-liter boxes of wine and 174 cases of assorted South African juices.