VGP – Viet Nam pocketed US$ 132.17 billion from exporting goods in 2013, the second consecutive year the country gained a trade surplus.
The agro-forestry and fishery exports were estimated at US$ 19.85 billion, accounting for 15% of the total export turnover. However, the figure was 5.3% lower than the previous year.
Fuel and mineral exports valued US$ 9.6 billion, representing 7.2% of the national export volume. Meanwhile, the processing industry earned US$ 93 billion, making up 70.5% of the total.
Noticeably, domestic enterprises’ export share continued to recover and grew 3.5% compared to 1.2% in 2012, partly thanks to initially making use signed of signed FTA with ASEAN, the Republic of Korea, Japan and India, according to an official of the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
This year featured with sustained exports to traditional markets such as the Southeast Asia, the EU, Japan, and the US.
Since 2007, trade deficit have declined sharply and the trade balance shifted from deficit to surplus. The trade gap was 29.1% in 2007; 28.8% in 2008; 22.5% in 2009; 17.5% in 2010; 10.1% in 2011.
The Southeast Asian nation gained a trade surplus of US$ 749 million for the first time in 2012 and the figure is projected to increase to US$ 863 million this year./.
By Kim Loan