Chile a bridge for Vietnamese enterprises to access South America market

November, 11/2022 - 09:06
Vietnamese enterprises can expand export markets to South American countries through Chile, Vietnamese Ambassador to Chile Phạm Trường Giang told the Vietnam News Agency.
A footwear factory in Việt Nam. Việt Nam exports to the Chilean market footwear, textiles and garments, and electronic products while importing raw materials for these types of products. — VNA/VNS Photo

SANTIAGO — Vietnamese enterprises can expand export markets to South American countries through Chile, Vietnamese Ambassador to Chile Phạm Trường Giang told the Vietnam News Agency.

He emphasised that Chile is the first South American country that Việt Nam has signed a free trade agreement (FTA) with and both are members of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Prior to the Chile - Việt Nam FTA coming into effect, two-way trade turnover only reached nearly US$500 million per year and Việt Nam was always running a trade deficit. Việt Nam has had a trade surplus with Chile since the FTA took effect in January 2014 and it is now the largest exporter to Chile among ASEAN members.

Two-way trade in the first nine months of this year topped $1.72 million with Việt Nam’s exports standing at $1.38 million, up 11.8 per cent year-on-year.

Việt Nam and Chile have supplementary goods structures which could help boost economic cooperation, the diplomat said.

Việt Nam exports to the Chilean market footwear, textiles and garments, and electronic products while importing raw materials for these types of products, Giang said.

Chile has a high demand for these essential products and the country’s living standards have improved significantly in recent years, leading to high purchasing power, therefore, there is a huge opportunity for Vietnamese consumer goods to enter this market, he noted.

However, the ambassador said that Vietnamese goods still have to compete with similar products with lower prices from China, India, Bangladesh and regional countries including Peru, Paraguay, Uruguay and Colombia. Large shipping costs, long distance and language difficulties are also challenges facing Vietnamese businesses, he added.

The diplomat said in the future, the embassy will strengthen and diversify forms of promoting Vietnamese brands through its website and organise a Việt Nam Products Week at retail systems and large supermarkets in Chile.

It will also conduct an intensive survey of the two free trade zones in the north and south of Chile to take advantage of the country's role as a logistics centre in South America, reduce shipping costs and time for Vietnamese goods, and at the same time promote the exchange of experience and investment co-operation in renewable energy - a field of Chile's interest and strength, he said. — VNS

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