Agro-forestry-aquatic product exports hit 10.8 billion USD

08:26 | 30/04/2017 Trade

The export value of agro-forestry-aquatic products reached 10.8 billion USD in the first four months of 2017, a year-on-year surge of 9.1 percent, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Key farm produce contributed 5.8 billion USD to the export value, up 12 percent from the same period last year. Some 1.86 million tonnes of rice worth 834 million USD were shipped abroad, down 7.7 percent in volume and 6.9 percent in value compared to the same period last year.

The country raked in 1.34 billion USD from exporting 592,000 tonnes of coffee, representing a decrease of 10.6 percent in volume but a rise of 19.2 percent in value year-on-year.

Exports of wood and wooden products brought home 2.4 billion USD in the four-month period, rising 12.7 percent over the figure of 2016. The US, China and Japan remained Vietnam’s largest import markets.

During the period, Vietnam also shipped 2.1 billion USD worth of aquatic products abroad, gaining a growth rate of 8.2 percent year-on-year.

Meanwhile, vegetable and fruit exports witnessed a year-on-year hike of 32.6 percent in export value to 1 billion USD. The four biggest import markets included China, the US, Japan and the Republic of Korea.

The country splashed out 8.52 billion USD to import agro-forestry-aquatic products from foreign countries, up 21.4 percent from last year’s figure.

Theo VNA