Processing seafood for export in the My Tho Industrial Park (Source: VNA)

Export turnover in the Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang hit 1.32 billion USD in the first nine months of this year, up 23 percent compared to the same period last year - the highest growth recorded thus far.

According to the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, the figure reached nearly 83 percent of the yearly target.

Key export products included garment-textiles, handbags and leather footwear which together accounted for 60 percent of the turnover in the period, up nearly 50 percent year-on-year.

Handbag exports posted double growth while garment-textiles increased about 143 percent in terms of volume and 30 percent in value.

Notably, foreign direct investment enterprises accounted for as much as 60 percent of the export turnover.

The good performance was attributable to businesses’ attempts to improve production lines, worker skills and product quality.

Tien Giang is continuing efforts to boost exports in the remaining months towards surpassing the goal of shipping goods worth 1.5 billion USD this year.-VNA