Vietnam’s January Two-Way Trade Tops US$65.43 Billion

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Vietnam’s two-way trade in January hit US$65.43 billion. This article breaks down where its imports came from and where its exports went.

Vietnam experienced a bumper January in trade terms, relatively speaking, hitting a total of US$65.43 billion in two-way trade. This was made up of US$30.9 billion in imports, increasing 5.1 percent month-on-month, and US$34.53 billion in exports, about 9.7 percent higher than in December. Part of this was attributed to strong growth in the imports of foreign-invested enterprises. Firms with foreign capital registered US$19.65 billion in imports, up 6.6 percent month-on-month. Exports of foreign-invested enterprises also reached US$24.87 billion, up 11 percent over December. So, in January, where did Vietnam’s imports come from, and where did its exports go?

Vietnam’s imports

In January, Vietnam received exports from countries all over the world, however, in terms of dollar value, its biggest source countries were its regional neighbors China, South Korea, and Japan. These three countries accounted for about US$18 billion worth of goods imported into Vietnam.

Vietnam’s top 10 import source countries, January 2024



China 11,880,829,197
South Korea 4,188,322,618
Japan 1,952,249,691
Taiwan 1,939,785,550
United States of America 1,235,390,466
Thailand 885,018,450
Malaysia 856,898,835
Australia 729,243,869
Indonesia 708,229,206
Kuwait 655,003,933

Vietnam’s exports

Vietnam sent goods all over the world in January 2024. Its key export markets, however, were the United States, China, and South Korea. Collectively these three markets bought US$24.25 billion worth of goods from Vietnam.

Vietnam’s top 10 export markets, January 2024

Destination US$
United States of America 10,050,254,895
China 4,555,004,111
South Korea 2,340,866,303
Japan 2,229,674,296
Netherlands 1,055,816,094
HongKong 901,222,470
India 829,216,642
United Kingdom 780,495,408
Germany 772,864,445
Thailand 734,443,791

Vietnam’s trade in February 2024

Though January saw a marked improvement over December, February will likely be a little tougher. Not only is it a shorter month, but the Lunar New Year break saw many businesses closed for up to five days, reducing output. That said, the improvement in January over December is still promising and may signal at least some demand is returning to Vietnam’s key export markets. It is, however, too early to tell whether this is an anomaly or a more lasting return to growth. Firms looking for support importing and exporting goods to/from Vietnam should contact the trade expert at .

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