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An Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of An Giang has seen impressive hikes in exports of agricultural products and clothing in January, according to Vo Nguyen Nam, Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade.

An Giang exported nearly 35,900 tonnes of rice for nearly 17.4 million USD last month, up 69.8 percent in volume and almost doubling the value of January last year. It was mainly thanks to higher demand from foreign markets like the Philippines, Indonesia and Bangladesh.

The province’s seafood export value soared by 77.8 percent to 28.36 million USD though the volume rose by only 28.5 percent to about 12,000 tonnes in January. The growth is forecast to remain strong owing to increasing orders from China.

It earned 957,000 USD from shipment of 595 tonnes of fruits and vegetables, up 85.8 percent and 71.4 percent, respectively.

The earnings from export of clothing and bags in the first month of 2018 doubled the same period last year to 12.87 million USD as the province exported about 1.94 million items, up 67.2 percent year on year.

Other products experiencing high growth included footwear, fertilizers, pesticides, and cigarettes.

An Giang has taken bold steps to boost exports in recent years. It has provided regular updates on market information and policies, as well as timely forecast of demand and prices of foreign markets to guide local exporters.

It has also promptly adopted measures to help firms solve difficulties when there were negative signals flashing in a foreign market.

Furthermore, the province has actively connected and coordinated with Vietnamese trade counselors abroad to bolster trade promotion and gain more access to the overseas markets.-VNA