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Published on Monday, 14 August 2017

Garments ‘made in China’ could be from North Korea

Written by Tom Hinchcliffe

North Korea crossing point in south China (c) Klodien | Depositphotos

BEIJING – Clothing imported by major apparel retailers and brands with the ‘Made in China’ label could actually have been made by extremely low-paid garment workers in North Korea, which are then exported back across the border for sale on the international market.

The news of further unauthorised sub-contracting of garment production in North Korea using exported Chinese-made textiles will concern many retailers and brands sourcing from the region; and comes at a time when the UN Security Council has unanimously voted for sanctions on the North Korean State to ban exports of coal, iron, iron ore, seafood, and lead but – did chose not to ban exports of textiles and clothing.