Tobacco imports drive North Korea’s biggest trading month with China in years
DPRK prioritizes cigarettes over medicine and food in September, while buying more face masks than during COVID outbreak
Cigarettes reclaimed a top spot among North Korea’s imports from China last month as the country emerges from a nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, exceeding pharmaceuticals, basic foodstuffs and even in uptick in mask imports, trade data shows.
According to China’s General Administration of Customs, North Korea imported roughly $9 million worth of cigarettes in September, making up nearly 10% of the country’s total imports from China.
The resurgence of cigarette imports — which had subsided earlier this year as the country rushed to boost medicine supplies — will provide new products for the large segment of the
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