Vietnam has recently taken a lot of handicrafts orders from China and Japan which would likely help it achieve this year’s export turnover goal of 1.6 billion USD.

According to Secretary-General of the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association (Vietcraft) Le Ba Ngoc, the increase in orders has reflected customers’ trust in the quality of Vietnamese goods – which have been improved in recent years.

Besides traditional markets like the US, the EU and Japan, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa are seen as potential ones for Vietnamese handicrafts, Ngoc said.

Among those potential countries, China imports about 100 million USD worth of furniture pieces from Vietnam annually, he noted.

Ngoc recommended enterprises to increase advertisements to further popularise Vietnamese handicraft items and obtain a patent for their products in order to protect their legitimate economic interests.

Vietcraft will send a business delegation to Brazil to study the market and launch a marketing drive there, Ngoc said.

Handicraft exporters grossed nearly 900 million USD in the first half of this year, a year-on-year rise of 10 percent.-VNA