Exports expected to continue expanding in 2021

Thursday, 2021-02-04 17:00:46
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Rice export is facing the opportunity to increase export turnover. (Illustrative image)
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NDO – Vietnam posted export revenue of over US$281 billion in 2020, up 6.5% compared to 2019 and a trade surplus of US$19 billion, both providing a strong basis to expect further export expansion in 2021.

In particular, the first month of 2021 reported export revenue of US$27.7 billion, up 0.2% compared to December 2020 and up 50.5% compared to the same month in 2020. Important markets such as the US, China, the EU, and Japan all maintained growth in their demand of between 15 to 111%, compared to the same period in 2020.

Deputy Director of the Import and Export Agency under the Ministry of Industry and Trade Tran Thanh Hai said that the lessons learnt from dealing with adverse situations in 2020 will continue to be applied this year. The disruption of the global supply chain due to the COVID-19 pandemic has motivated Vietnamese enterprises to develop solutions to help them survive including enhancing online trading or shifting to the production of goods designed for pandemic prevention and control.

The business community has also made efforts to maintain competitiveness, improve product quality, and seek export orders, particularly for key commodities such as phones and components, electronics, computers, footwear, textiles, mechanics, and rice.

Rice export, which was a bright spot in agricultural exports in 2020, is facing an opportunity to increase export turnover thanks to high demand around the world and improvements to the quality of Vietnamese rice.

Economist Pham Tat Thang commented that enterprises are taking advantage of traditional markets combined with rapid penetration into new markets through free trade agreements ​​in order to take advantage of the new tax incentives therein.

With the efforts of authorities and enterprises, total export turnover in 2021 is expected to increase by 4-5% compared to 2020.