Agriculture remains bright spot in exports: MOIT
|According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnam raked in 136.17 billion USD from goods exports in the last five months: Illustrative image. (Photo: VNA)
According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT), Vietnam raked in 136.17 billion USD from goods exports in the last five months, down 11.6% year-on-year, with all sectors meeting difficulties as the demand has decreased globally, especially for non-essential consumer goods.
However, a positive sign of recovery was seen in May when export earnings picked up 4.3% month-on-month to hit 29.05 billion USD, helping the country enjoy a trade surplus of nearly 10 billion USD. Compared to the same period last year, the figure decreased 5.9% but the declining rate has slowed down.
Deputy General Director of the MoIT’s Import-Export Agency Tran Thanh Hai said it is forecast that Vietnam’s exports will recover in the second half in the context of falling inflation in many markets. In addition, inventories in many countries have dropped significantly, prompting importers to place new orders.
Free trade agreements (FTAs) that Vietnam signed with partners will continue to help improve the competitiveness of Vietnamese goods, bringing opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to promote their export activities, Hai noted.