North Korea imports more soap from China, dials up electricity exports
Expert says soap and surfactants may be for sterilizing imports, as rumors swirl of a restart to overland trade
North Korea imported increased quantities of soap and similar disinfectants from China last month even as overall trade sunk, newly released customs data shows, in a development that one expert said may aim to support sterilization efforts for a restart of overland trade.
According to China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), North Korea’s imports from China were valued at $39.8 million in October. Rubber led the imports with $7.8 million (17.7%), followed by plastics and tobacco products at $6.2 million and $4.5 million, respectively.
Meanwhile, electricity made up more than 90% of the DPRK’s exports to China, as
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