Of this figure, the value of forestry product exports came to US$1.5 billion, while seafood brought in almost US$1.9 billion and major agricultural products, US$4.6 billion.
In the reviewed period, the country exported 2 million tonnes of rice for US$989 million, with China and Malaysia representing 40% of the total export volume. However rice exports to Indonesia, the biggest buyer of Vietnam’s rice fell by two thirds compared with the same period last year.
The Vietnam Food Association expects rice exports will improve as export contracts registered to April 19, 2012 totalled more than 4.2 million tonnes.
Meanwhile, Vietnam exported 258,000 tonnes of rubber worth US$754 million, an increase of 30.4% in volume but a drop of 12.9% in value.
The figure for Vietnam’s tea exports over the last four month reached 39,000 tonnes worth US$55 million, year on year rises of 19.1% in volume and 16.3% in value, with exports to Indonesia and Saudi Arabia double that of the same period last year.
Cashew nuts and pepper still maintained their growth in both volume and value.
Of the value of forestry product exports, timber and furniture represented US$1.4 billion, with the major importers being the US , China and Japan.