VIETNAM’S exports are forecast to rise 9.46 percent this year to US$368 billion, the trade ministry said, with the manufacturing hub expected to benefit from newly-signed trade deals despite economic headwinds in its major markets.
The Southeast Asian country has signed more than a dozen free trade agreements in recent years, including 1 with the European Union and an 11-country CPTPP deal that will slash tariffs across much of the Asia-Pacific.
“Businesses have benefited from the free trade agreements to boost exports,” the ministry said in a statement late on Monday (Aug 22).
Vietnam’s exports in the January-July period rose 16.6 percent from a year earlier to US$217.34 billion, while imports were up 14.0 percent at US$216.26 billion.
“Demand for C is forecast to increase further during the second half of this year,” the ministry said.
However, it warned that high inflation in many of Vietnam’s key markets, including the United States and the European Union, would crimp consumer spending there and hurt demand for Vietnamese products.
(The Business Times)