• N. Korea's Imports From China Surged In March
Cargo trains are seen in the Chinese city of Dangdong, in Liaoning Province, bordering the North Korean city of Sinuiju. (Photo: Yonhap News)

North Korea's imports from China spiked to a six-month high last month, amid signs of Pyongyang easing prolonged border restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to data released Sunday by Chinese customs authorities, North Korea imported around 12.98 million U.S. dollars worth of goods from China in March, up from 3,000 dollars logged in the previous month.

It marked the highest level since September last year when the figure came to 18.9 million dollars.

North Korea's imports from China had fallen to near zero since July when it began implementing emergency restrictions against the novel coronavirus.

But a plenary meeting of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly passed a law in March, calling for all imported goods to be disinfected.

China accounts for almost all of the North's international trade.

Last month, the reclusive state's exports to China came to 1.3 million dollars, data showed, with the total trade volume between the two sides reaching 14.28 million dollars.

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