Vietnam recorded a trade deficit of 936 million USD in the first half of July, bringing the total number since the beginning of this year to 3.96 billion USD.

Statistics released by the General Department of Customs show that, in the reviewed period, total export-import revenues were valued at 13.38 billion USD, a 7.2 percent drop compared to the second half of June.

Exports brought home nearly 6.22 billion USD, a decline of 16.1 percent, while imports were valued value at 7.16 billion USD, up by 2.3 percent.

The increase in import value mainly stemmed from rising imports in a number of products, including crude oil (up 48 million USD), and gas and petrol (up 45 million USD).

As of July 15, the country’s total trade value reached 171.67 billion USD in 2015, up by 12.7 percent compared to the same period last year. Imports accounted for 87.81 billion USD, a year-on-year rise of 16.5 percent.-VNA