November 29, 2023

North Korea-China trade continues steady rise as DPRK exports hit five-year high

Increase in bilateral trade implies ‘significant and ongoing’ relaxation of border controls, expert says

North Korean exports to China reached their highest levels in over five years last month, customs data shows, the latest sign that border controls may be rolling back after over three years of pandemic-related restrictions.

Overall trade between the DPRK and China rose for the second-straight month in April, buoyed by $165.8 million worth of imports from and $34.2 million in exports to China last month, according to Beijing’s General Administration of Customs (GAC).