Bilateral trade between Vietnam and the US set a new milestone, hitting USD 111.56 billion in 2021, up nearly USD 21 billion over the previous year, according to the General Department of Customs.
|Workers of Hung Viet Co. in Hung Yen Province make garment products for export__Photo: Tran Viet/VNA
The impressive figure made the US the second trade partner having import-export turnover with Vietnam reaching the USD 100 billion mark after China.
Last year Vietnam's exports to the US rose 25 percent to nearly USD 96.3 billion, accounting for 28.6 percent of the country's total exports.
Among Vietnam's major export items to the US were machinery, equipment and parts with USD 17.82 billion, up 46 percent; textiles and garments (USD 16.1 billion, up 15 percent); computers, electronics and components (USD 12.76 billion; up 23 percent); handsets and parts (USD 9.69 billion, up 10.3 percent); footwear (USD 7.42 billion, up 18 percent); and wood and wooden products (USD 8.8 billion, up 23 percent).
Last year, the country imported nearly USD 15.27 billion worth of goods from the US, mainly computers, electronics and components as well as machinery, equipment and parts.
Bui Huy Son, Counselor of the Vietnam Trade Office in the US, said that the two-way turnover, which exceeded USD 100 billion for the first time in 2021, was a very important achievement, especially given the pandemic, as well as the disruptions and disturbances in the supply chain and logistics activities.
Along with that, the active and flexible activities of two business communities continued to expand trade and investment activities, such as the resumption of direct flights between Vietnam and the US, and the fact that Vietnamese businesses were increasing investment in the US to continue to expand their presence sustainably in the market.
Looking at import and export activities, not only had the total two-way turnover reached a record level, but it was also worth mentioning that export activities from both directions had good growth rates, Son said, adding that the import and export goods between the two sides were very complementary.
To accelerate bilateral trade, Son called for continuous efforts from both sides, first of all in terms of the policy. The two sides should continue to maintain a dialogue channel, sharing information, and further enhancing mutual understanding so that they could detect and coordinate on problems favorably.
At the same time, businesses also needed to seize opportunities, especially opportunities from the strong recovery of the US economy, since different forecasts assessed a relatively high growth rate for the US economy in 2022.
He also suggested businesses closely observe market developments, ensure the requirements of legal traceability, storage, information about documents and invoices for the origin of goods, so that they could coordinate and provide information when there were requests for investigation and verification by US agencies.- (VNS/VLLF)