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China imports more iron ore from North Korea in May - customs

BEIJING, June 23 (Reuters) - China raised its imports of iron ore from North Korea in May from a year earlier but bought no coal for a third month after Beijing halted coal shipments from its increasingly isolated neighbor, data showed on Friday. Iron ore arrivals hit 233,508 tonnes, compared with 217,897 tonnes last year. Imports were down 18.2 percent from April, when they hit their highest since August 2014. The table below gives a breakdown of imports and exports of major commodities between the two nations:

May m-on-m yr-on-yr April May 2017 % change % change 2017 2016

Imports

Coal - - - - 1.55 mln Iron ore 233,508 -18.2 +7.2 285,490 217,897

Exports

Ethanol 3,310 +56.9 +395.5 2,109 668 Gasoline 5,219 -61.3 -7.5 13,496 5,643 Diesel 10 -99.6 -99.6 2,606 2,719 Jet fuel 265 +38.7 +109.2 191 127 Other fuel 150 - - - -

oil

Fuel No. 310 -68.8 - 995 -

5-7

LPG 65 +4.4 +50.9 68 43

In tonnes except for ethanol in cubic meters

(Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Pullin)