Vietnam’s trade with its peer in ASEAN, Indonesia, enjoyed a surplus of 40 million USD in the first nine months of this year, according to the Vietnam Embassy’s Trade Mission in Indonesia.

Of an estimated 3.3 billion USD trade value in the reviewed period, Vietnam’s exports valued at 1.664 billion USD, a year-on-year rise of 5.43 percent, and its imports, worth 1.624 billion USD, representing 1.15 percent more than the same period last year.

Vietnamese commodities that recorded the highest export value in the Indonesian market included telephones and spare parts, steel, rice, crude oil and coffee.

Rice, which used to account for 50 percent of Vietnam’s export turnover from its ASEAN peer, has no longer been imported by Indonesia this year, which bought a volume worth 616.3 million USD in the same time last year.

Vietnam’s main imported items were papers, grease, cooking oil, electronic cable and wire, seafood, fruits, metal products, garments and others.-VNA