Vietnam's agro-forestry-fishery exports this year climbed a marginal 0.7 percent year-on-year to about 27.47 billion USD, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said.

The ministry noted that seafood remained the country's top export industry, earning 6.7 billion USD in 2013. The staple fetched nearly 620 million USD in December alone.

The US remains Vietnam's biggest seafood market, accounting for 22 percent of total exports. Seafood exports to China, Canada and Thailand increased by 63 percent, 33.6 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively.

In 2013, the forestry industry contributed 5.37 billion USD to the country's exports by value, up 15.2 percent from last year.

While seafood and forestry exports surged in 2013, the export earnings of some important farm products declined 11.9 percent to 13.1 billion USD.

The situation was due to global market fluctuations and unfavourable weather conditions, the ministry said, adding some important agricultural products, such as rice, coffee, tea and cassava, experienced a considerable drop in both the value and volume of exports.

The country shipped 1.32 million tonnes of coffee abroad for 2.75 billion USD, which is down 23.6 percent by volume and 25 percent by value compared with last year. Germany and the US are Vietnam's largest coffee importers, accounting for 13 percent and 11 percent of the country's totals, respectively.

Rice exports also suffered the same trend, declining 17.4 percent by volume to 6.61 million tonnes and 19.7 percent by value to 2.95 billion USD. By contrast, export earnings by value from cashew nuts and pepper jumped considerably.

Cashew nut exporting companies generated 1.63 billion USD from delivering 257,000 tonnes of output this year, up 15.8 percent by volume and 9.7 percent by value.-VNA