|The group of phones and components had the largest export value of $21.9 billion, up 19.6 per cent over the same period last year. Photo chinhphu.vn
HÀ NỘI — Global demand for goods is recovering and this is an opportunity for Việt Nam to boost its exports of consumer and industrial products, according to the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).
The ministry forecasts that Việt Nam's import and export activities will continue to increase in the coming months as free trade agreements (FTAs) are gradually being implemented in a more comprehensive and effective manner.
Those agreements will continue to create conditions for Vietnamese goods to enter to partner markets with preferential tariffs, including the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), EU-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA) and the UK-Việt Nam Free Trade Agreement (UKFTA).
Besides that, export prices for many kinds of goods are also tending to increase, especially Việt Nam's key export commodities, according to the ministry.
However, deputy minister of industry and trade Đỗ Thắng Hải said import and export activities may be negatively affected by the COVID-19 outbreak in many localities, especially localities in the northern region with the largest trade value such as Bắc Giang, Bắc Ninh and Hà Nội.
Meanwhile, Asia continues to be a hot spot with a rapidly increasing number of new COVID-19 cases, causing a series of countries and territories such as India, Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia and Thailand to promote measures to control the pandemic.
"In this situation, domestic enterprises must improve competitiveness and adaptability to overcome difficulties and seize opportunities," Hải told chinhphu.vn.
The ministry has requested its agencies and departments, and Việt Nam’s Trade Offices abroad, to provide updates on the COVID-19 pandemic which may affect trade and economic cooperation between Việt Nam and other countries.
It has also proposed measures on maintaining and developing export markets and supporting local businesses to find and import raw materials and components for stable production of export products in the future.
For the exports of farming, forestry and seafood products, the industry and trade departments of Hà Nội, Hải Dương, Lạng Sơn, Quảng Ninh and Lào Cai should consider arranging more working hours, including working on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, based on the issuing of the certification of origin (C/O) for those export products, especially agricultural products in localities affected by the pandemic such as lychees in Bắc Giang and Hải Dương provinces.
Meanwhile, the import-export departments in the northern border areas are asked to closely monitor the customs clearance of goods at the border gates and report signs of goods stuck at the border gates to the ministry.
According to the ministry, the total trade value of goods in the first five months of 2021 increased by 33.5 per cent year on year to US$262.25 billion, although trade activities and production of export goods in May were affected by the fourth outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Specifically, in the first five months of 2021, the export value of goods was at $130.94 billion, up 30.7 per cent over the same period last year.
Especially, the group of 22 items with export value of over $1 billion continued to hold stable exports, accounting for 87.3 per cent of total export value. Of which, six items achieved export turnover of over $5 billion.
The group of phones and components had the largest export value of $21.9 billion, up 19.6 per cent over the same period last year, accounting for 16.7 per cent of total export value.
Following were electronics, computers and components ($19.5 billion, up 26 per cent); machinery, equipment, tools and spare parts ($4.9 billion, up 74.8 per cent); textiles and garments ($12.2 billion, up 15 per cent); footwear ($8.5 billion, up 26.4 per cent); and timber and wood products ($6.6 billion, up 61.3 per cent).
The United States continued to be Việt Nam's largest export market with a turnover of $37.6 billion, up 49.8 per cent over the same period last year; followed by China with $20.1 billion, up 26 per cent.
Other large export markets of Việt Nam included the EU ($16.1 billion, up 20.8 per cent); ASEAN ($11.5 billion, up 23.6 per cent); South Korea ($8.9 billion, up 17.1 per cent); and Japan ($8.4 billion, up 7.7 per cent).
The ministry also reported that import activities increased strongly in the first five months thanks to the production expansion of the manufacturing sector. That was a good sign showing the recovery of domestic consumer demand.
In the first five months of 2021, Việt Nam’s import turnover of products was estimated at $131.31 billion, up 36.4 per cent over the same period last year. VNS