HO CHI MINH CITY (Xinhua) – Vietnam is forecast to earn nearly 1.5 billion US dollars from fruit and vegetable exports in 2014, while it spent around 521 million dollars on the imports, reported the Vietnam Fruit and Vegetables Association on its website on Sunday.
The figures posted a trade surplus of 956 million dollars for the sector this year.
In December alone, fruit and vegetable exports were estimated to hit 120 million dollars, bringing total export turnover of these products this year to 1.477 billion dollars, a sharp increase over last year’s figure of 1.073 billion dollars, said the report.
Meanwhile, the value of fruit and vegetable imports reached about 42 million dollars in December, bringing total import turnover of fruit and vegetables to 521 million dollars this year, a 28.5 per cent increase from a year earlier.
China took the lead of Vietnam’s top 10 fruit and vegetable importers in the first 10 months of the year, accounting for 26.43 per cent of market share, followed by Japan, the United States and South Korea, according to the association.