Seafood, timber, rice, coffee, rubber, cashew nuts and cassava earned more than 1 billion USD each in export turnover last year.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, thanks to a rapid and stable growth of 30 percent for the past three years, fruits and vegetables joined the 1 billion USD export club for the first time.

The export of aquatic products ranked first with 6.7 billion USD, up 10.1 percent over the previous year. The US is the largest importer of Vietnam's aquatic products, with a value of 1.33 billion USD, up 21.9 percent year-on-year and accounting for 21.89 percent of the total export value of the product.

The export of timber and wood products, ranking second, brought home 5.37 billion USD, up 15.2 percent against last year.

High growth the export of these products was seen to big markets such as the US (10.26 percent), China (34.64 percent), Japan (20.97 percent), and the Republic of Korea (45.23 percent).

The export of rice reached 6.61 million tonnes, valued at 2.95 billion USD. China ranked first among the importers of the grain from Vietnam, with 2 million tonnes, worth 849.36 million USD, and accounting for 30.93 percent.

Coffee exports, standing at the fourth place, raked in 2.75 billion USD, followed by rubber at 2.52 billion USD, cashew nuts at 1.63 billion USD, and cassava at 1.11 billion USD.

The volume of cashew exports reached 257,000 tonnes, worth 1.63 billion USD, and up 15.8 percent and 9.7 percent in volume and value respectively.

With shipments totalling 3.1 million tonnes, cassava exports also contributed 1.11 billion USD to the country's agricultural product export value of 13.1 billion USD.-VNA