April 21, 2021

North Korea adopts ‘import disinfection’ law to boost trade amid pandemic

New laws on social security and east coast land development also passed by Supreme People’s Assembly

More than six months after North Korea shut its borders to most imports and a year into a nationwide lockdown, the country on Wednesday adopted a new “Law on Disinfection of Imports” to address pandemic-related safety concerns ahead of reopening trade.

The new legislation, which comes after Russian Ambassador Alexander Matsegora said in Feb. that North Korea was constructing large border facilities for disinfecting inbound cargoes, was adopted by the Standing Committee of the Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA), the country’s rubber-stamp parliament.