North Korean imports hit 20-month high as shipments of medicine jump
January resumption of rail trade appears to lift imports, though totals still well below pre-pandemic years
North Korea’s trade with China continued to rebound from record lows to reach the highest level in nearly two years, recent Chinese trada data shows, as renewed overland cargo shipments since January appeared to buoy imports.
Imports of pharmaceuticals in particular ticked up in January and February, pointing to the possible prioritization of medicine and other essentials.
According to data from China’s General Administration of Customs (GAC), North Korea imported $57.5 million worth of goods from China in January and $59 million worth in February — the highest level since June 2020. Exports to China dropped sharply
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