2015 proving to be a difficult year for agro, forestry and seafood exports.
The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development has announced that export turnover for agro, forestry and seafood products in September reached $2.15 billion, for $21.65 billion in the first nine months of the year, down 5 per cent compared with the same period of 2014.
The export value of major agricultural products was estimated at $10.29 billion in the first nine months, down 7.2 per cent against the same period of 2014, with some commodities falling sharply, such as coffee, at 32.2 per cent, rubber 13.7 per cent, rice 15.7 per cent, and seafood 17.8 per cent
The export value of main forestry products, meanwhile, was estimated at $5.03 billion, up 6.6 per cent year-on-year.
Rice exports in September totaled 428,000 tons worth $177 million, for an estimated 4.47 million tons in the first nine months worth $1.92 billion, down 10.1 per cent and 15.7 per cent, respectively, compared with the same period of 2014.
Coffee exports in September were estimated at 81,000 tons worth $158 million, for first nine month figures of 961,000 tons and $1.96 billion, down 31.2 per cent and 32.2 per cent year-on-year.
Seafood exports continued to decline in September, to $541 million in value, for $4.69 billion in the first nine months, down 17.8 per cent against the same period of 2014. The US remained the leading import market for Vietnamese seafood, accounting for 19.23 per cent of total export value.
Rubber exports in September, meanwhile, reached 100,000 tons worth $131 million, bringing the volume in the first nine months to 740,000 tons and the value to $1.06 billion, up 6.6 per cent and down 13.7 per cent, respectively, against the same period of 2014.