China’s iron ore imports from India posted a year-on-year fall in November for the third month in a row, official customs data showed.

Indian ore shipments to China stood at 5.34Mt in November, down 34.8% from a year earlier, despite rebounding quickly from 2.91Mt in October.

Total imports from India fell 6.94% y-o-y to 89.4Mt for the first 11 months of this year, data showed.

India, one of the top three iron ore suppliers to China, has tightened shipments after the southern state of Karnataka decided to keep a ban on exports in November.

China imported 23.74Mt of iron ore from Australia in November, up 23% from the same period of last year, taking the total 2.5% year-on-year higher to 241Mt for January to November.

Australia remained the biggest iron ore exporter to China, taking a 41% share of the total of 57.38Mt in November.

Ore sourced from Brazil rose 2.13% to 14.35Mt in November from a year ago. The year-to-date shipments amounted to 117Mt, 9% lower from the corresponding period of last year.