China was the biggest supplier of mobile phones and parts to Vietnam in the first half of this year, accounting for 64.2 percent of the country's imports of these products, the General Department of Vietnam Customs said.

Imports of the items from China saw a 18.2 percent year-on-year increase to 3.35 billion USD. The Republic of Korea was second with nearly 1.48 billion USD following a 57.6 percent rise.

Total imports of mobile phones and parts rose 32 percent to 5.22 billion USD.

During the period Vietnam's exports of phones and components topped 14.6 billion USD, up 26.4 percent.

The EU was the largest buyer at 4.97 billion USD, up 18.8 percent, followed by the UAE with 2.21 billion USD and the US with 1.3 billion USD.-VNA