Dragon fruit is a staple of Tien Giang province.(Photo: VNA)

Tien Giang (VNA) – The Mekong Delta province of Tien Giang exported 2.7 billion USD worth of products in 2018, surpassing its target by 1.9 percent and up 8.3 percent from the previous year.

According to Doan Van Phuong, Director of the provincial Department of Industry and Trade, 70 percent of the earnings were made by foreign-invested businesses.

Garments, footwear, copper pipes and handbags were the biggest foreign currency earners, accounting for 70 percent of the total export value with 1.9 billion USD. Other big contributors were electric appliances, fibre, stainless steel and artificial grass.

Meanwhile, agro-aquatic products brought home 538.3 million USD, with tra fish making up 92 percent of the value, while fruits and vegetables contributed 17.2 million USD to the total export revenue.

Main importers of local goods included the US, China, the European Union (EU), Japan and the Republic of Korea.

Phuong said the strong rise in export revenue showed the effectiveness of the province’s policies in export and investment attraction.

Furthermore, local firms have engaged in promotion campaigns to enlarge their markets, he said, adding that stable growth in exports helps create jobs for workers while developing the local economy.-VNA