Of the figure, export earnings hit US$93.1 billion, up 15.8% while import value rose 8.2% to US$89.7 billion.
Shipment of mobile phones and accessories soared 19.8% annually to US$19.48 billion. Apparel export reached US$10.68 billion, up 13.3% while computers, electronics and spare parts brought home US$10.9 billion, up 14.2% year-on-year.
Aquatic products earned US$3.15 billion from export, up 11.1% annually.
In May alone, the country’s total foreign trade hit US$38.9 billion, up 9.4% month-on-month. Of which, US$19.2 billion was export revenue, marking a 4.5% rise and the remaining was import value, surging 14.5%.
Vietnam spent US$6.14 billion on importing computers, electronics and accessories in five months, up 14.1%. Another US$13 billion was used to buy machinery, equipment, and tools while US$5.18 billion was spent on mobile phones and accessories, up 1.3%.
Fabric import hit US$5.1 billion, up 13% annually.
The country ran a trade deficit of US$500 million, but a trade surplus of US$3.4 billion for the January-May period.