Import and Export


While maintaining traditional markets (China, ASEAN countries, etc), the province has also been working hard to expand to new markets in

West Europe. This has helped increased its exports turnover from US$25.23m in 1990 to US$32.62m in 1998 and US$41m in 2000.

Ben Tre's chief exports include rice, coconut, processed seafood and aquaproducts, fine handicraft articles, coir yarn, coconut shell coal, etc. The total exports turnover in 2002 was estimated at US$50.303m, an increase by 25.76% compared a year ago, of which agricultural products account for 20.4%, aquaproducts account for 35.8%, and industrial products and handicrafts works account for 43.8%. In details, products making fairly good growth include dried coconut meal, coir yarn, coconut shell coal, processed aquaproducts.

The province's imports turnover have also increased from US$15.91m in 1990 to US$20.93m in 1998 and roughly reached US$15m in 2000. Imports commodities include production materials and equipment and some consumer goods. In 2002, total imports turnover increased by 8.5%, mainly in materials and accessories, machinery and equipment for use in production.

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