Imports exceeded exports in March by 300 million USD, marking the
return of the trade deficit after the country experienced a trade
surplus in the first two months of this year and in 2012.
The country exported 11 billions USD worth of goods in March and
imported 11.3 billion USD in the same period, according to the General
Statistics Office (GSO).
Head of the GSO’s trade
department Le Thi Minh Thuy attributed the trade deficit to the
increased import demands of domestic businesses, while the export value
of some key products had declined.
However, she said
the trade balance in the first three months remains positive with
exports exceeding imports, at 29.6 billion USD and 29.2 billion USD,
Most of the trade surplus in the first
three months came from the foreign-invested sector, with export value at
19.2 billion USD and import value reaching 16.1 billion USD, up 25.6
percent and 25.5 percent.
The domestic sector’s export value hit 10.4 billion USD in the same period, and import value reached 13 billion USD.
Exports during the first three months of this year mainly consisted of
electrical products and components which reached 7.2 billion USD, of
which mobile phones accounted for 4.5 billion USD.
GSO said some key products posted falls in export value during the
period, including seafood (1.26 billion USD, down 2.3 percent), coffee
(1.92 billion USD, down 1.5 percent) and rubber (522 million USD, down
Items that posted high import value
during the period included garments and textiles (3.8 billion USD, up
18.5 percent), footwear (1.7 billion USD, up 14.7 percent), crude oil
(1.8 billion USD, up 13.1 percent).
The country posted
an annual trade surplus in 2012 for the first time in two decades after
three years of narrowing deficits, as the slowest economic growth in 13
years curbed import demand.-VNA