December 07, 2023

North Korean exports to China hit COVID-era high as trade continues to recover

Despite jump, expert says figures remain far enough below pre-pandemic levels that single shipment can sway totals

North Korea’s exports to China in August hit the highest level since the start of the pandemic, customs data shows, as bilateral trade continued to recover from the impact of a major COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year.

According to China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), North Korea-China trade totaled $90.3 million in August, just shy of April’s high of $102.3 million. Imports from China amounted to $71.5 million, while exports reached $18.8 million.