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Exports
: $260M, Rnk 160 / 209

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Top Product
: $18.6M, Packaged Medicaments

2021
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Exports
: $56.3M, Rnk 1 / 91

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Top Product
: $25.6M, Ferroalloys

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Economic Complexity (ECI)
: ECI 1.07, Rnk 25 / 131

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GDP
: $17.7T, CURRENT US$
Rnk 2 / 182

2011-2021
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GDP GROWTH
: 135%, CURRENT US$
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2021
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GDP PC 
: $12,556, CURRENT US$
Rnk 58 / 182

2011-2021
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GDP PC GROWTH
: 124%, CURRENT US$
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China-North Korea In 2021, China exported $260M to North Korea. The main products that China exported to North Korea are Packaged Medicaments ($18.6M), Processed Tobacco ($16.4M), and Rubber Tires ($15.2M). During the last 26 years the exports of China to North Korea have decreased at an annualized rate of 2.37%, from $484M in 1995 to $260M in 2021.

In 2021, China did not export any services to North Korea.

North Korea-China In 2021, North Korea exported $56.3M to China. The main products that North Korea exported to China were Ferroalloys ($25.6M), Electricity ($16.9M), and Watch Movements ($3.34M). During the last 26 years the exports of North Korea to China have decreased at an annualized rate of 0.16%, from $58.7M in 1995 to $56.3M in 2021.

In 2021, North Korea did not export any services to China.

Comparison In 2021,  China ranked 25 in the Economic Complexity Index (ECI 1.07),  and 1 in total exports ($3.34T). That same year, North Korea ranked 186 in total exports ($181M), and does not have data regarding Economic Complexity Index.

Historical Data

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Bilateral Trade by Products

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In 2021, China exported $260M to North Korea. The main products exported from China to North Korea were Packaged Medicaments ($18.6M), Processed Tobacco ($16.4M), and Rubber Tires ($15.2M). During the last 26 years the exports of China to North Korea have decreased at an annualized rate of 2.37%, from $484M in 1995 to $260M in 2021.

In 2021, North Korea exported $56.3M to China. The main products exported from North Korea to China were Ferroalloys ($25.6M), Electricity ($16.9M), and Watch Movements ($3.34M). During the last 26 years the exports of North Korea to China have decreased at an annualized rate of 0.16%, from $58.7M in 1995 to $56.3M in 2021.

Market Competitiveness

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China
Top Destination
: United States, $530B

North Korea
Top Destination
: China, $56.3M

This map shows whether countries import more from China or North Korea. Each country is colored based on the difference in imports they receive from China and North Korea or the difference in the growth in imports.

In 2021, countries that imported more from China than North Korea were United States ($530B), Hong Kong ($323B), and Japan ($168B).

In 2019, no countries were registered that imported more from North Korea than from China.

Comparative Advantage China - North Korea

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This chart compares trade between China and North Korea by product, considering products traded by both, China and North Korea.

During 2021, China had a large net trade with North Korea in the exports of Chemical Products ($82.5M), Plastics and Rubbers ($67M), and Foodstuffs ($31.7M).

During 2021, North Korea had a large net trade with China in the exports of Metals ($25.6M), Mineral Products ($17.5M), and Instruments ($3.79M).

Economic Complexity

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Competitive Landscape

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This visualization show the product space at the HS4 level colored from blue to yellow.  This mean that the more blue a dot/product is, the more China has comparative advantage over North Korea. Similarly, the more yellow a dot/product is, the more North Korea has comparative advantage over China.