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Seafood exports rise 8.8 pct in Jan-Oct period

2017/11/05 11:00

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SEOUL, Nov. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's seafood exports rose 8.8 percent in the January-October period from a year earlier on strong demand for dried laver, the fisheries ministry said Sunday.

Shipments of seafood products came to US$1.91 billion during the first 10 months, higher than $1.75 billion tallied a year earlier, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said in a statement.

Seafood exports to the United States jumped 17.5 percent on-year to $240 million in the 10 months while shipments to Thailand climbed 35.9 percent to $190 million, it said.

By products, exports of dried laver, called "gim" in Korean, came to $450 million during the 10-month period, a surge of 48.4 percent from a year earlier.

Gim is usually roasted with sesame oil and fine salt. It is served as side dish, with snacks made with laver gaining popularity among foreigners in recent years.

Meanwhile, exports of squid fell 28.5 percent on-year to $70 million due to a poor haul, the ministry said.