S. Korea's food, agriculture exports shrink in Nov.

SEJONG, Dec. 17 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's food and agriculture exports dropped from a year earlier last month, partly due to a sharp decrease in shipments to China, the government said Tuesday.

Outbound shipments of food and agricultural products came to US$510.7 million in November, down 4 percent from the same month last year, according to related data from the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

The biggest drop came in shipments of processed products, which fell 4.9 percent on-year to $408.3 million.

Exports of fresh foodstuff, such as vegetables and meat, gained 0.1 percent on-year to $102.4 million.

By country, shipments to China plunged 13.3 percent on-year to $77.5 million with exports to Japan also dropping 9.5 percent to $122.1 million.

Shipments to the 10 member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations jumped 21.9 percent to $86.9 million.

In the first 11 months of the year, the country's food and agriculture exports gained 0.8 percent on-year to some $5.2 billion, according to the data.

The country's exports to most of the countries grew in the 11-month period while shipments to Japan, still the world's largest importer of South Korean food products, dropped 9.9 percent on-year to about $1.16 billion.

Exports to EU nations slipped 4.5 percent over the cited period to $268.8 million, marking a sharp turnaround from an on-year gain of 17.6 percent in 2012.

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