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S. Koreans Pay the Highest Prices in the World for Imported Fruits


A shopper picks up bananas at an E-Mart in Seoul in this photo provided by the company.

A shopper picks up bananas at an E-Mart in Seoul in this photo provided by the company.

SEOUL, Feb. 24 (Korea Bizwire) The prices of imported fruits and beef in South Korea are higher than in any other country, a consumer advocacy group said Tuesday.

Consumers Korea had compared the prices of 25 imported items in cities of 10 major countries and found that the prices of nine imported items, including fruits and livestock products, were higher in South Korea than in any other country.

The domestic prices of such items were more than 1.5 times more expensive than the average prices of the ten major countries.

In all eight of the categories of imported fruits, the domestic prices were the highest or second highest among the 10 countries.

The prices of imported bananas, pineapples, grapefruits and mangoes were the highest in Korea.

The price of a bundle of imported bananas stood at 13,200 won, about 1.6 times more than the average of the 10 countries. This figure is up 99.1 percent compared to prices in 2015.

The price of one imported pineapple in Korea stood at 6,381 won, 1.6 times more than the average of the 10 countries, while that of one grapefruit was 3,015 won, 1.8 times more than the average.

The price of one mango was 6,834 won, about 2.6 times more than the average.

The prices of Red Globe grapes, lemons, oranges and kiwis in Korea were the second highest among the 10 countries.

Consumers Korea said that the prices of the fruits for which Korea relies on imports due to low self-sufficiency rate were higher in Korea than in other countries.

In the meantime, the price of homegrown beef (1 kilogram) stood at 148,029 won, 2.8 times more than the average of the 10 countries.

Ashley Song (ashley@koreabizwire.com)

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