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Japan, which imported $79.03 million worth of kimchi from South Korea in the first 11 months of 2003, helped global exports of South Korea’s spicy pickled vegetables hit a record $84.64 million, the Agriculture and Forestry Ministry said Thursday.

Yonhap News Agency, quoting a ministry report, said South Korea’s global exports of the garlicky, chili-laden traditional pickles were up 17.4 percent from the first 11 months of 2002 and had already topped the annual record of $79.31 million in exports set in all of last year.

In the 11-month period, the United States imported $1.93 million worth of kimchi and Taiwan $850,000.

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