Ben Tre’s export turnover up 14.1 percent in six months hinh anh 1 Processing coconuts for exports. (Photo: VNA) 
Hanoi (VNA) – Export turnover of the Mekong Delta province of Ben Tre reached more than 656 million USD in the first half of 2021, up 14.11 percent from the same period last year.

According to Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Nguyen Van Be Sau, the structure of export goods of the province continued to improve towards reducing export of raw materials and increasing shipment of processed and industrial products, creating conditions for local goods to participate more deeply in the global production and supply chain.

Main exports of the locality saw high growth in value compared to the same period last year, with coconut products increasing by 15.14 percent, garments, 91.92 percent; handbags, 27.61 percent; and electronic products and spare parts, 14.63 percent.

Tran Ngoc Tam, Chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, attributed the positive results to the adoption of measures aimed at supporting enterprises in maintaining sustainable growth in potential export markets.

Bui Duong Thuat, Director of Mekong Fruit Import-Export Company in Chau Thanh district’s Huu Dinh commune, said the company has exported nearly 3 million fresh coconuts to the United States, Canada, Taiwan (China), Japan, the Republic of Korea and Singapore since the beginning of this year.

It has aligned with 300 households in Chau Thanh and Giong Trom districts to purchase coconuts with an area of about 200 hectares.

Thuat said that the company’s exports were not affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but it faced difficulties due to high transportation fees and lack of containers.

Ben Tre aims to generate 845 million USD from exports in the last six months of this year to bring the total export earnings in 2021 to 1.5 billion USD.

To this end, the department plans to ramp up trade promotion to help local producers expand their markets. Businesses will be assisted to speed up investment in new projects to increase production capacity, creating favourable conditions for the application of science and technology advances in production to improve the competitiveness of enterprises in the international arena.

The province has about 130 exporters and its products are found in 128 countries and territories./.