|A wood processing line at Hoàng Đức Linh Company Ltd., in the central province of Quảng Trị. — VNA/VNS Photo Trần Việt|
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam gained more than US$1 billion from the export of wood and wood products in October, up 22.69 per cent year-on-year, according to the General Department of Vietnam Customs.
Vice Chairman of Hồ Chí Minh City Handicraft and Wood Processing Association (Hawa) Huỳnh Văn Hạnh said this is the first time in just one month the export value of wood and wood products surpasses the $1-billion mark.
Hạnh said in recent years, the Vietnamese Government has effectively prevented origin fraud in which Vietnamese products are exported to foreign countries. “Therefore, the wood and wood products export market is expected to be brighter in the last months of this year.”
“However, timber enterprises still need to be very vigilant and resolute to say no to the origin fraud of exported timber and wood products, in order to maintain important markets including the EU, US and China and continue to grow impressively in the near future,” Hạnh said.
In 2018, wood and wood product exports reached nearly $9 billion.
Insiders said that if the sector maintains the export turnover of about $900 million in the last few months, the country will this year certainly surpass the $10-billion mark for the first time. — VNS