North Korean imports of tobacco products continue to increase in June
DPRK tobacco imports out-pace reported spending on cereals, beverages, and refined oil
North Korea continued its relatively large tobacco imports in June, data from Chinese customs shows, despite a reported health drive and reports indicating North Korea was attempting to limit foreign tobacco imports.
A previous NK Pro report noted how the North’s imports of Chinese made tobacco products spiked sharply last year, with levels also remaining high throughout the first half of 2019.
Data from June compiled by the ITC trade map showed that imports increased over May counterparts, rising from $7.1 million to $8.1 million in value.
The $8 million import total means that in the
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