Vietnam imports 2,300 tonnes of beef from US, Australia (Photo baocongthuong.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - Vietnam spent some 15 million USD importing nearly 2,300 tonnes of beef from Australia and the United States in the first two months of this year, according to the General Department of Customs.

Of this, some 1,349 tonnes of beef worth 8.9 million USD came from the United States, while 948 tonnes worth 6.6 million USD were imported from Australia.

Vietnam bought 930 tonnes of boneless beef and 18 tonnes of beef ribs from Australia and 834 tonnes of boneless beef and 65 tonnes of beef ribs from the United States.

In 2017, the country imported 210 tonnes of beef ribs and 3,901 tonnes of boneless beef from Australia, while it bought 6,085 tonnes of boneless beef and 353 tonnes of beef ribs from the United States, reported the Phap luat Thanh pho HCM (HCM City Law) newspaper.

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said in 2017, Vietnam imported over 6,500 tonnes of pork worth 11.07 million USD and more than 81,000 tonnes of poultry meat, valued at over 75.7 million USD.

Last year, the nation imported 262,321 units of live cattle and nearly 42,000 tonnes of beef worth 410 million USD.-VNA