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Vietnam continuTrade surplus hits US$200 million in Januaryed its impressive export growth in January, achieving a trade surplus of US$200 million.

Vietnam exports hit US$10.1 billion in the past month, a year-on-year increase of 43.2 percent, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.

The export turnover of State and foreign-invested sectors reached US$3.5 billion and US$6.6 billion (with the inclusion of crude oil), respectively,up 36.1 percent and 47.3 percent.

Among main exports to record the highest growth over 2012 were mobile phones and components (up 105.5 percent), computers and electronic products (94.9 percent), coffee (68.8 percent),timber products (50.3 percent), bags, hats and suitcases (49.2 percent), steel (46.1 percent), footwear, and crude oil (36 percent).

The EU was the biggest market for Vietnamese products, importing goods to the value of US$1.3 billion, up 51.8 percent over from a year ago. It was followed by the US with US$1.2 billion (up 41.1 percent), ASEAN with US$975 million (44.4 percent), Japan with US$875 million (20 percent), and China with US$688 million (54 percent).

Meanwhile, the country‘s imports hit US$9.9 billion this month, an increase of 0.4 percent against the previous month, of which the foreign invested sector accounted for US$5.55 billion, up 6 percent on last month.

Imported products that saw the highest increases included crude oil (up 115 percent), rubber (23 percent), and chemical materials(11.3 percent).

(VOV)

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