Vietnam spent US$338 million to import 1.22 million tonnes of fertiliser in the first quarter of this year, up 31.5% in volume and around 24% in value compared to the same period last year, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) reported.
The average price for imported pork is now US$1.2 per kilo, or VND27,000, while the domestic pork price has dropped dramatically to a 30-year low.
VOV.VN - In the first quarter of this year, imports from China jumped by 18.9% to nearly US$12.7 billion against the same period last year, making up 27.3% of the country’s total imports, according to preliminary statistics from the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
The number of cars imported from India and Indonesia into Vietnam increased sharply in the first three months of this year, while car imports from the UK and Germany fell considerably.
VOV.VN - The Ministry of Industry and Trade has announced its final determination on its antidumping duty investigation on galvanized steel products imported into the country from China and the Republic of Korea.
The Vietnam National Coal and Mineral Group (Vinacomin) sold 8.6 million tonnes of coal in the first quarter of 2017, up 3% compared to the same period last year.
Indonesia, the world's fourth most populous country and a major buyer of Vietnamese rice, has not returned to Vietnam for new purchases this year, while its overall 2017 rice imports are forecast to halve to around 500,000 tons thanks to better domestic production, according to industry reports.
VOV.VN - Vietnam imported around 22,500 tons of chicken valued at US$19.8 million from early this year to March 15, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
VOV.VN - The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced the suspension of imports of beef from the Brazilian meat-packers involved in the recent scandal will continue indefinitely.
While Vietnam has claimed that none of its meat imports are from 21 scandal-hit companies in Brazil, local consumers still face the risk of unsafe meat thanks to the country’s loose tracking of animal imports.
Vietnam has suspended the imports of meat, livestock and poultry products from 21 factories of Brazil which have been under suspicion of using unhygienic substance.
Coconut processing companies in the southern province of Ben Tre, known as Vietnam’s ‘coconut kingdom,’ have had to resort to imported products to alleviate short domestic supply.
VOV.VN - India has officially lifted its suspension of the import of Vietnamese black pepper, cassava, cinnamon, and dragon fruits, which was enforced on March 7.
Steel prices will remain stable on the domestic market this month but are expected to increase slightly soon, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade.
Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has asked the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) and relevant agencies to study the possibility of applying safeguards to protect the domestic automobile manufacturing industry from looming zero-tariff car imports.
Vietnamese authorities have been asked to study possible measures to safeguard the country’s auto industry against growing competition from foreign exporters who enjoy increasingly relaxed import duties.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT) has decided to abolish a number of procedures for importers of cars with nine seats or less.
VOV.VN - The Vietnam government contends the ban by the Australian Department of Agriculture on raw imports is ‘causing serious damage’ to the country’s shrimp farmers and exporters, and has requested it be reversed.
Vietnam has halted the import of poultry from two US states as of March 10 where bird flu viruses have been rampaging, the Vietnamese government said on March 11.
The domestic auto industry will need several supporting measures including technical barriers to “create differences” between locally-made and imported cars, officials and industry insiders agree.