Petrol imports climb 3.5 percent in January hinh anh 1Illustrative image (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) - Petrol imports totalled 900,000 tonnes, worth 552 million USD in the first month of the year, up 3.5 percent in volume and 10.9 percent in value year on year, according to the General Department of Customs.

However, the figures represented a decrease of 28.2 percent in volume and 27.1 percent in value from the previous month.

According to the agency, in January, Vietnam’s export-import value reached 38.3 billion USD –up 39.9 percent compared to a year earlier but down 3.1 percent compared to December 2017.

The export value was estimated at 19 billion USD, rising by 33.1 percent year on year and falling 3.3 percent from the previous month.

The import value was projected at 19.3 billion USD, up 47.4 percent year on year, and down 3 percent month on month.

The main exports were mobile phones and spare parts, worth 4.2 billion USD, up 7.7 percent from the previous month, and 80.7 percent from a year ago.

In January, exports of garment-textile, and computers and spare parts were estimated at 2.3 billion USD and 2.2 billion USD, up 7.6 percent and 37.9 percent year on year, respectively.-VNA