The southern province of Dong Nai’s exports to the US will stay strong in the near future, with garment and footwear items as key products, Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade Le Van Danh has said.

He revealed that the sectors have signed contracts through the end of this year.

The US is one of the province’s key importers, said Vice Chairman of the provincial Import-Export Association Nguyen Ngoc Tuan.

In the first half of this year, the value of the shipments to the market reached nearly 1.5 billion USD, including more than 280 million USD in June alone – up 86 percent against May, he cited.

The US mainly imports garment, footwear, wood, coffee and cashew nuts.

Local businesses, however, were warned of the US’s technical barriers as its market imposes stricter requirements ranging from materials to production stages.

A target of export growth of 10-12 percent this year remains a challenge for local firms.

Therefore, the department will hold regular meetings with businesses to help them promptly ease their difficulties and update them on trade activities and credit packages.-VNA