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FILE PHOTO: Lights are turned on on the Friendship and the Broken bridges over the Yalu River connecting the North Korean town of Sinuiju and Dandong in China's Liaoning province, March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj/File Photo

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BEIJING (Reuters) - China's total imports of North Korean goods in April fell below $100 million to a multi-year low, accelerating a months-long decline after China halted coal shipments from its isolated neighbour, data showed on Tuesday.

The world's second-largest economy bought goods worth $99.3 million in April from North Korea, the lowest monthly tally since at least June 2014. That compares with $114.6 million in March and $167.7 million a year earlier.

The value of imports has fallen month-on-month since December, General Administration of Customs data showed.

China's exports to North Korea eased to $288.2 million in April, down 12 percent from March. Exports for the first four months of the year were up 32 percent at $1 billion.

Analysts and traders expect data due out later on Tuesday to show China did not take any North Korean coal in April for a second straight month, after Beijing's ban of such imports following repeated missile tests by Pyongyang.

China imported 1.53 million tonnes of coal worth $72.3 million from North Korea in April 2016.

(Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Richard Pullin and Tom Hogue)

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