The General Department of Vietnam Customs said although various localities applied social distancing measures to curb the spread of COVID-19, export-import turnover of goods handled by customs offices of 19 southern provinces and cities expanded 16 percent against the previous year.

Ho Chi Minh City's customs office in particular handled more than 117 billion USD worth of goods, and Binh Duong office tackled over 47 billion USD.

Of note, the number of imported automobile grew 1.6-fold against that of the previous year, the department said.

State budget collection from imports and exports posted a year-on-year expansion of 19.2 percent./.