October 23, 2021

North Korea exports beer made with rice to China after declaring food crisis

Pyongyang sold $40,000 in beer to Beijing in July in first booze exports of 2021, according to Chinese trade data

North Korea exported over 300,000 bottles of rice-based beer to China in July, according to the latest trade data, a month after DPRK leader Kim Jong Un declared a “food crisis” and the need for emergency food distribution.

According to China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), North Korea exported $39,604 worth of beer totaling 163,852 liters in July -- just barely eclipsing the $39,560 worth of beer reportedly exported to China over three months in 2020.