Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles.
Chinese fishing season dominates the DPRK’s west coast, but at least one very suspicious vessel was spotted in the east
Aside from the mystery item category, the DPRK also spent serious cash on two powerful turbine engines
The Longkou-Nampho route and other Shandong Peninsula ports became increasingly popular after primary sea routes closed
The DPRK is totally dependent on outside fuel, but prices inside remain stable — meaning that more may be going on
Trade contracted sharply, but truck tires and health equipment surged to new heights in Aug. 2020
At least seven pairs of DPRK ships share the same Maritime Mobile Service Identity numbers to conceal their identities
Accordions and their accessories made up more than 60% of July’s $246,000 export value
Grain aid made up 85% of exports for July 2020, but medical products were the second largest category by value
At least 200 shipments to North Korea totalling $26 million tied to Gazprom and Rosneft
Ships disappear from location tracking system as they near North Korean border, despite evidence of fishing rights sales
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