The figures were up 0.25% in volume and 1.85% in value, respectively.
The growth was attributed to increased demand and limited supply. Notably, japonica rice export saw the highest increase by around 300% year-on-year, accounting for 4.57% of Vietnam’s total rice export compared to around 1% in late 2015.
Japonica rice was shipped mostly to Australia, making up 5.24% of market share.
However, Vietnamese rice was predominantly delivered to Asia (about 70%), including China (43.8%), the Philippines, Malaysia and Singapore.
Premium white rice, glutinous and broken rice shipments also went up 34%, 51% and 127%, respectively.
Among exported rice in the six months, jasmine rice made up 28.8%, followed by premium white rice (28.6%).
As of June 30, 1.46 million tonnes of rice were registered for export but yet to be delivered, roughly 490,000 tonnes of which will be shipped to Cuba, Malaysia and Bangladesh.