Min Chao Choy is a data journalist for NK News and NK Pro, currently based in Los Angeles.
150 companies in Dandong were behind around 25% of Chinese exports to North Korea in 2016 — roughly $750 million
August ship tracking data supports NGO reports that the Dalian-Nampho sea route was closed in late July
North Korea’s July exports shrunk compared to previous months, which marked a recovery after a steep COVID-19 crash
The DPRK bought a more diverse range of items in July, meaning the country might be more confident about its food supply
Staple items such as flour, oil, sugar and fuel decreased slightly while medicines made a big jump in volume and value
The most suspicious ship, the Mi Yang 5, was placed on a banned vessels list by the U.S. Coast Guard in 2018
Reported trade rose to over $9 million, marking half of the pre-pandemic average and the best month of 2020 yet
While China increased exports to 500 items in June, no fresh fruit, meat or elite treats were among the 40 food products
False identities are providing cover for DPRK ships on the Nampho-Zhoushan route to smuggle coal, despite sanctions
At least 17 DPRK-linked ships traversed Chinese waters as authorities turn a blind eye to illicit shipping
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