A new crane installed at North Korea’s Nampho container terminal. That indicates continued infrastructure improvements to the area, despite a sanctions regime that should greatly restrict the volume of trade in either direction.
The upgrade is one of a series of improvements in the area, which in recent years has seen new building construction, additional container storage, and the apparent addition of a new coal handling facility to the north of the container storage area.
But the latest construction comes despite the imposition of a strict UN sanctions regime that may have cut billions of dollars from North Korea’s trade.
The UN restrictions prohibit countries from exporting many items that may need to be shipped in containers, including vehicles, industrial machinery, and electrical items, while specialized containers can be used in order to transport practically any product or commodity.
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