According to the General Statistics Office, export turnover in commodities for January is estimated at US$19 billion, down 3.3% on last month. However, compared to the corresponding period of last year, the figure saw a dramatic increase of 33.1%, with the private economic sector rising by 31.6% and the foreign-invested sector (excluding crude oil) expanding by 33.7%.
Commodities experiencing a rise in export turnover included telephony and components (US$4.2 billion), garments and textiles(US$2.3 billion), electronics, computers and components (US$2.2 billion), footwear (US$1.3 billion), machinery and spare parts (US$1.1 billion), wood and wooden products (US$730 million), vehicles and spare parts (US$620 million), coffee (US$340 million), and fruit and vegetables (US$320 million).
Some other goods saw a decline in export turnover, such as rubber (US$169 million) and pepper (US$51 million).
China remains Vietnam’s largest buyer of export commodities with turnover reaching US$4.5 billion in January, trailed by the US, the EU, ASEAN, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.