Vietnam’s export turnover in January hit 12.9 billion USD, 0.2 percent higher than December and up 9.7 percent over the same month, 2014.

According to the General Statistic Office, major commodities earning higher export turnover against December included telephones and components, up 34.6 percent; pepper, up 20.2 percent, rice, up 13.3 percent, electronics, computer and spare parts, up 10.9 percent, cassava and products from cassava, up 8.4 percent.

However, there were several agro-products and materials that suffered a decline in value in the reviewed period, with vegetables experiencing the highest drop of 31.9 percent, followed by coal (down 31.6 percent), crude oil (30 percent), aquatic products (20.8 percent), and chemicals (19.8 percent).

The country’s import value in January was valued at 13.4 billion USD, down 4.5 percent against the previous month and up 25.5 percent over the same period last year.

As a result, the country experienced a trade deficit of 500 million USD, equivalent to 3.9 percent of the export turnover, in the month.-VNA