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Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s total import-export value was estimated at 182.8 billion USD in the first five months of this year, up 11.9 percent annually, said the General Department of Customs on May 30.

Of the figure, export earnings hit 93.1 billion USD, up 15.8 percent while import value rose 8.2 percent to 89.7 billion USD.

Shipment of mobile phones and accessories soared 19.8 percent annually to 19.48 billion USD. Apparel export reached 10.68 billion USD, up 13.3 percent while computers, electronics and spare parts brought home 10.9 billion USD, up 14.2 percent year-on-year.

Aquatic products earned 3.15 billion USD from export, up 11.1 percent annually.

In May alone, the country’s total foreign trade hit 38.9 billion USD, up 9.4 percent month-on-month. Of which, 19.2 billion USD was export revenue, marking a 4.5 percent rise and the remaining was import value, surging 14.5 percent.

Vietnam spent 6.14 billion USD on importing computers, electronics and accessories in five months, up 14.1 percent. Another 13 billion USD was used to buy machinery, equipment, and tools while 5.18 billion USD was spent on mobile phones and accessories, up 1.3 percent.

Fabric import hit 5.1 billion USD, up 13 percent annually.

The country ran a trade deficit of 500 million USD, but a trade surplus of 3.4 billion USD for the January-May period.-VNA