February 21, 2024

Chinese exports to North Korea hit high water mark for pandemic trade: Data

DPRK imports over $90 million worth of goods from benefactor in September as trade recovers following COVID outbreak

North Korea’s trade with China notched a pandemic-era high in September, as the country continued to recover from a nationwide COVID-19 outbreak and authorities greenlit a rail restart, customs data shows. 

According to trade figures from China’s General Administration of Customs, North Korea’s imports from China exceeded $90 million in September, a relatively swift recovery from a low of $14.5 million in May when state media reported the first COVID-19 outbreak in the country