Cigarettes over medicine? Tobacco imports to North Korea lead trade with China
Imports of tobacco products far outstrip medicine, even as DPRK's population remains unvaccinated
Tobacco products led North Korea’s imports from China last month, newly-released customs data shows, far outstripping inflows of critical goods such as food and medicine.
According to China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), China officially exported $9.3 million worth of tobacco products to the DPRK in September, making up 16.8% of the North’s total imports.
The next largest imports were edible oils and fats ($7.8 million), plastics ($7.5 million) and pharmaceuticals ($6.3 million). While still far below pre-pandemic levels, Chinese exports to North Korea increased for the fourth consecutive month to $55.6 million.North Korean imports from
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