China takes top spot on VN’s list of importers

China has overtaken the US to become Viet Nam’s largest importer as of January 2018, accounting for 77 per cent of the country’s export market, official statistics show. Viet Nam’s total exports value to China in January 2018 totalled nearly US$3.7 billion, up by $1.9 billion, or 106 per cent, over the same period last year, according to data from the General Department of Vietnam Customs (GDVC). This time in previous years, China’s annual imports value from Viet Nam was a mere $1.9 billion, making it the third biggest importer from Viet Nam. The main reason behind such strong bilateral trade growth is the scheduled commitments within the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) framework. As of January 1, 2018, another 588 tariff lines between Viet Nam and China have been cut to zero per cent, bringing the number of eliminated tariff lines to 8,571, accounting for 90.3 per cent of total tariffs. Statistics from the General Statistics Office (GSO) show that until December 2017, the US remained Viet Nam’s largest export market, but imports from Viet Nam in January 2018 totalled $3.6 billion, having increased $624 million year-on-year. The third biggest importer for Viet Nam in January 2018 is the EU at $3 billion export value, up by 6.6 per cent from January 2017; followed by ASEAN at $1.7 billion, then Japan and South Korea at $1.5 billion and $1.3 billion, respectively. In January 2018, the highest-valued Vietnamese exports to China were mobile phone components with a turnover of nearly… [Read full story]

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