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In April, North Korea exported a record amount of fake hair to China

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The General Administration of Customs of China revealed that imports of wigs, false beards and eyelashes from North Korea totaled 121 metric tons, valued at $22.6 million in April. These imports accounted for more than 71 percent of China’s total exports from its major trading partner, it said. NK Pro.

According to newly released trade data, North Korea saw a remarkable increase in wig exports in April, surpassing previous quarterly records in a single month.

Experts have suggested that North Korea has previously used prison labor to turn imported human hair into wigs, fake beards and eyelashes.

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Chinese shipments to North Korea jumped 69 percent year-on-year to $166 million in April, according to data released by the General Administration of China Customs.

The main export products by value were processed hair and wool used in wigs, worth about $11.6 million, and diammonium hydrogen phosphate, a widely used fertilizer, from worth $8.84 million. Reuters.

North Korea is known for its unique and often controversial economic activities.

Pyongyang’s economy is heavily dependent on exports, mainly of natural resources such as coal, minerals and textiles.

Historically, their exports have been dominated by industries such as mining, manufacturing, and agricultural products. Nevertheless, the accuracy and authenticity of some of the goods exported by North Korea have come under intense scrutiny within the international community.

China is one of North Korea’s closest allies and one of its main trading partners. Their economic ties have encompassed a wide range of sectors, including energy, minerals and agricultural products.

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