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Vietnam’s Jan.-July trade surplus widens to $8.4bln despite virus

Xuan Thinh Wednesday | 08/12/2020 15:04

Vietnam's July coffee exports drops 13.8% to 110,028 tons. Photo: nhanongxanh.vn

Vietnam posted a trade surplus of $8.4 billion in the first seven month of this year, much higher than $1.8 billion surplus in the same period of 2019, according to customs data.

Seven-month exports rose 1.5% year-on-year to $147.61 billion, while imports dropped 3% to $139.21 billion.

Exports of FDI sector fell 4.2% to $95.39 billion, while imports dropped 6.2% to $77.45 billion, resulting a trade surplus of $17.9 billion.   

In July, Vietnam recorded a trade surplus of $2.8 billion, widening from a surplus of $1.85 billion in June, according to latest data from Vietnam Customs Office.

Exports in the reported month jumped 10.2% from June to $24.87 billion, while imports increased 6.7% to $22.10 billion.

In the month, Vietnam’s rice exports increased 6.5% from June to 479,633 tons.

In Jan.-July period, the country shipped 4 million tons of rice, up 0.6%, earning $1.95 billion, an increase of 13.1% from a year earlier.

In the seven-month period, Vietnam earned $1.79 billion from exporting more than a million ton of coffee. In July, coffee exports dropped 13.8% to 110,028 tons.

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