Vietnam’s exports slow down
Vietnam’s exports fell by 1.3 percent year-on-year in January to $20 billion as phone shipments fell sharply.
Exports of phones were 27.5 percent down at $2.9 billion, according to the General Statistics Office.
Computer and electronics exports fell 5 percent to $2.3 billion.
But exports of textiles and garments rose by 6.7 percent to $2.7 billion, footwear by 12.8 percent to $1.6 billion and machinery and equipment by 15.2 percent to $1.4 billion.
The U.S. was the biggest importer ($4 billion) followed by China ($3.8 billion) and the EU ($3.2 billion). The country’s Southeast Asian neighbors only accounted for $2 billion.
Meanwhile, Vietnam’s imports rose by 3.1 percent to $20.8 billion.
Last year exports were worth $244.72 billion, up 13.8 percent, and imports cost $237.51 billion, giving Vietnam its highest trade surplus ever of $7.21 billion.