Vietnam - Spain trade in goods surmounted a record amount of 2.16 billion EUR last year, with rises in exports from both sides.

Preliminary statistics released by Spanish Customs showed that the figure represents a year-on-year increase of 6.48 percent. Vietnam shipped goods valued at over 1.9 billion EUR to the southern European nation, up 4.9 percent, while importing more than 245 million EUR, a rise of 20.3 percent.

Its exports were largely mobile phones and their accessories, garments, footwear, spare parts, coffee, and mechanical equipment, while imports were organic chemicals, seafood, tanned leather, plastics, dyes and pharmaceuticals.

Two-way trade hit 1 billion EUR for the first time in 2008 and 2 billion USD in 2012. In recent years Vietnam has consistently enjoyed high trade surplus.-VNA