HA NOI (VNS) — The country's trade deficit hit an estimated US$200 million this month after three consecutive months of trade surplus, the Ministry of Planning and Investment's General Statistics Office (GSO) reported.
|A ship carrying imported items docks at Cat Lai Port, HCM City. The national trade deficit in September is estimated to hit US$200 million after three successive months of trade surplus. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Vu
The GSO said Viet Nam's export turnover this month was $9.7 billion, declining 6 per cent over last month, while import turnover was $9.8 billion, down 4.5 per cent from August.
During the first nine months of the year, the country's export turnover reached $83.789 billion, representing a 19 per cent increase over the same period last year. Foreign invested areas registered export turnover of $52.5 billion, accounting for 63 per cent of the total.
Import turnover during the period reached $83.755 billion, increasing 6.6 per cent against the same period last year.
The figures saw the country enjoyed a trade surplus of $34 million during the nine-month period.
Foreign invested areas also enjoyed a trade surplus of $8.6 billion during the period, while domestic businesses saw their trade surplus shrink during the same period last year.
Eight-teen groups had export turnover of more than $1 billion. The garment and textile industry took the lead with turnover of $11.25 billion, followed by the mobile phone and accessories sector with $8.55 billion, crude oil with turnover of $6.34 billion, electronics and computers registering $5.36 billion and aquaculture seeing turnover of $4.14 billion.
The GSO added that key import items during the period were electronics and computers with a turnover of $9.28 billion, petroleum at $7 billion and steel at $4.7 billion. — VNS