Seoul: South Korea on Tuesday removed import duties on several food items, including bananas and cabbages, as part of efforts to curb recent price hikes.

Under the measure, approved at a Cabinet meeting, the 30 per cent import tariffs on bananas, pineapples and radishes will be completely removed, along with the 27 per cent tariffs on white cabbages, until the end of next month, according to the Ministry of Strategy and Finance.

The move will soon be implemented, the ministry said.

"The government decided to (temporarily) impose no tariffs on bananas and pineapples to meet some demand as local fruits are expected to be in short supply, and price hikes will likely materialize due to poor harvests and damage from the recent rains," the ministry said.

In addition, the government decided to expand the amount of pork imports earlier made subject to lower tariffs in what ministry officials called "efforts to limit price hikes."

Import tariffs on three other agricultural imports, including malt, will be removed until the end of the year, the ministry said.

The move comes as South Korea is striving to get a handle on soaring consumer prices. The country's consumer prices jumped 4.7 per cent on-year in July, surpassing the government's annual inflation target of 4 per cent for the seventh straight month.

(Agencies)