FTAs and trade promotion key to boosting exports

Taking full advantage of Vietnam's numerous free trade agreements (FTAs) and rolling out measures to promote trade are the key to boosting the country's exports in the future, said the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).

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Taking full advantage of Vietnam's numerous free trade agreements (FTAs) and rolling out measures to promote trade are the key to boosting the country's exports in the future, said the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MoIT).


According to the ministry, the Southeast Asian economy's export picked up in March, reaching 29.57 billion USD, a 13.5% increase from February. Total exports during the first three months of the year dropped by 14.8% compared to the figure in the same period last year.

Domestic firms were hit the hardest, with a drop of 17.4% compared to foreign firms, who also experienced a drop of 10%.

The ministry said the situation wouldn't likely improve soon as global demand for goods slows down, especially in major markets such as the EU and the US. Competition has been on the rise since the reopening of the Chinese market.

Vietnam's agro-aquatic product exports for the first quarter of 2023 are projected to reach 6.86 billion USD, a 7.5% decrease from last year.

Seafood firms have voiced concerns over a lack of orders, a stark difference from what is usual for this time of year.

"We have been hit hard by both weaker demand and the strengthening Vietnamese dong against the dollars," said a representative from the seafood industry.

To Tuong Lan, deputy director-general of the Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Producers (VASEP), said orders from all markets were fewer during the first three months of the year.

Lan said a global credit crunch hindering retailers from stocking up, on top of increased competition, has resulted in fewer orders this year.

Industrial sectors also reported lower export, with just 67.5 billion USD in value during the last three months, a 13.1% and mineral exports dropped by 3.1% compared to the same period last year.

On the other hand, Vietnamese rice has seen some success in both raising export quality and prices. The country exported nearly 70% more rice in the first quarter of 2023 compared to the same period last year.

The US remained Vietnam's largest buyer, with a total value of goods imported at 20.57 billion USD.

Do Ngoc Hung, Vietnam's trade representative in the US, said Vietnam-US trade would likely continue to grow strong for the foreseeable future with the two countries seeking out new products and services, removing trade barriers and work together on products safety and standards.

Hung said his office has been holding regular working sessions to help connect Vietnamese and US businesses while keeping Vietnamese exporters up-to-date with the US's trade policies.

During the first quarter of 2023, Vietnam imported 75.1 billion USD in goods and services, a 14.7% decrease year-on-year.

The country maintained a trade surplus of 650 million USD in March to bring the first quarter's trade surplus to 4.07 billion USD, a marked improvement over the same figure last year at 1.87 billion USD.

The ministry said Vietnamese seafood and textile products would likely face increased competition in many of their major markets as strong competitors, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, El Salvador, India, and Indonesia, have managed to sign FTAs with said markets.

The ministry called on firms to make greater efforts to meet consumer demand in foreign markets, start additional marketing campaigns, and improve product safety and quality./.
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