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China's November iron ore imports fall 8.1% from October

BEIJING, Dec 7 (Reuters) - China’s iron ore imports fell for the second straight month in November, dropping 8.1% from a month earlier on easing shipments from major exporters, official customs data showed on Monday.

The world’s top steelmaker brought in 98.15 million tonnes of the key steelmaking ingredient last month, compared with 106.74 million tonnes of imports in October, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs. That was up 8.3% from November 2019.

For the first 11 months of the year, iron ore imports stood at 1.07 billion tonnes, beating full-year imports of 1.06 billion tonnes in 2019, the customs data showed. (Reporting by Min Zhang and Shivani Singh; Editing by Tom Hogue)

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