China's trade with North Korea

Last Modified: Sat Apr 22 2017 03:27:57 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)
  • $925 million
    Value of coal exported by North Korea to China in 2015.
  • 83%
    of North Korea's coal exports in 2015 were to China. 22.5 MT were imported in 2016.
  • 85%
    of North Korea's imports in 2015 were from China.
  • 18 Feb 2018
    China announced it will suspend North Korean coal imports effective immediately. The ban will stay in effect until 31 Dec 2017.
  • Mar 2017
    Customs data showed that China did not import coal from North Korea in this month.
  • 11 Apr 2017
    Reuters reported that several North Korean cargo ships, most fully laden, were heading home after China's customs department issued an official order, on April 7, telling trading companies to return their North Korean coal cargoes.
  • 3 - 4
    North Korean trucks that are unloaded per day on an average at a particular logistics center since February compared to about 20 previously.
  • 1
    Only one metal commodity is allowed through since February - Lead. Other metals such as gold, silver, iron ore powder and copper are not being allowed in.
  • 21 Apr 2017
    Website NKNews.org reported several North Korean ships in and around Tangshan port, in northern China. Data from Thomson Reuters Eikon confirmed that three North Korean vessels were at the Tangshan port, and others were holding offshore in the port's anchorage. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang, said China was "seriously enforcing" the provisions in its announcement banning North Korean coal imports for the remainder of the year, which were in line with U.N. resolutions.