September 21, 2023

DPRK imports from China collapse as official state media warns of ‘food crisis’

Customs data indicates North Korea imported 90% less from China in May than during April

North Korean imports from China dropped by about 90% between April and May this year, new data released by the China General Administration of Customs (GAC) shows, as Pyongyang warned Saturday that the country is undergoing a “food crisis.”

The DPRK officially imported just $2.7 million dollars worth of goods from China during May, down from an annual high of $28.78 million dollars worth in April. North Korean exports to China dropped from $1.85 million in April to $749,000 in May, the GAC data shows.