December 07, 2023

North Korea’s trade with China more than doubles in March on-year

Expert calls strong month a positive sign for DPRK people amid reported food shortages, as trade nears pre-COVID levels

North Korean trade with China more than doubled in March compared to the same month last year, official trade data shows, in what one expert called a positive sign for the DPRK economy battered by years of severe COVID-19 controls.

The DPRK imported $137.9 million worth of goods from China last month, while exporting $20.6 million in goods to its neighbor, according to Beijing’s General Administration of Customs.