On April 7, 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) announced (currently available only in Japanese) that the Cabinet decided to continue banning all cargo exports to or imports from North Korea (DPRK) and intermediary trade transactions (purchase, sale, lending, donating cargo moving between N. Korea and a third country) as well as payments in connection with those activities, in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Control Law unless authorized by METI. Humanitarian shipments are excluded from the measures.