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Circulars – P&I – No: 2657/2020

Update on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) sanctions


This circular is an update on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) sanctions enforcement circular that we published in 2019. It has been updated following the recently published 2019/2020 UN Panel of Experts of North Korea Sanctions Report (see Report).


The report notes that the DPRK regime has not taken steps to end its nuclear programme, which continues in violation of UN Security Council resolutions. Stringent sanctions measures have therefore remained in force.   According to the Panel of Experts, the DPRK regime has continued to raise revenue for its ballistic missile programme through the illicit import of refined petroleum and export of commodities such as sand and coal.  Maritime activities have been identified as facilitating this revenue stream for DPRK.

The message from the UN and national enforcement agencies is clear.  Shipowners are strongly advised to take note that sanctions monitoring, and surveillance continues at a pace and through the co-operation of UN Member States more evidence is being collated and reported where there has been such a breach.

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The circular contains information on the following:

  • Evidence of use of non-DPRK vessels.
  • Excercise caution when fixing contracts.
  • Ramifications on club cover.

 Previous circular on this topic. 

All clubs in the International Group have issued a similarly worded circular.