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Hanoi (VNA) – 2019 is expected to be a good year for Vietnamese wood and wooden furniture exporters thanks to the expansion of markets, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

Along with the growth in the US market, the EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement and the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are also forecast to help increase orders for the sector.

However, the domestic wood sector is also likely to encounter difficulties in the year, especially from the shifting of production from foreign countries into Vietnam.

Unofficial statistics showed that in 2018, about 65 foreign wood firms invested in Vietnam, 23 of them came from China, posing fierce competition to domestic wood and handicraft enterprises.

Last year, Vietnam earned over 9.3 billion USD from forestry exports, up 15.9 percent year on year. The figure helped the forestry sector to see a trade surplus of 7 billion USD.

The wood processing industry officially surpassed the fishery sector to become the top foreign currency earner in the agricultural sector.

In 2019, the export revenue of forestry products is hoped to hit 10.5 billion USD.-VNA