Truong Tho, husbandry

MEE, toy

Tai Ky, food flour

SaDaVi, food

Dalat Flower Tea, tea

Catalina, herb drink

Pacific Basin, spice

NiNa, trading services

Minh Khai, agricultural products

LIXC, detergent


Vietnam Indochina, food export

Hung Phat, tea

Dai Ky Nguyen, agricultural products

Cheerfarm, dried fruits


Agriconst, agricultural products


Viet Nam named among world’s top 20 host economies for FDI for the first time

Viet Nam was named among the world’s top 20 host economies for foreign direct investment (FDI) for the first time in 2020 with an inflow of US$16 billion.

The country was up five places against last year’s ranking to reach 19th on the list, according to UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s World Investment Report 2021.

While global FDI flows fell by 35 per cent to $1 trillion amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the lowest level since 2005 and almost 20 per cent lower than the 2009 trough after the global financial crisis, the FDI in Southeast Asia, considered an engine of global FDI growth for the past decade, contracted by 25 per cent to $136 billion, said the report.

It stated that Viet Nam remained among the three largest recipients in the region with a decline of only 2 per cent, while the remaining two of Singapore and Indonesia suffered drops of up to 21 per cent and 22 per cent, respectively.

According to UNCTAD, a slight decline in FDI to the country was due to significantly lower investment contractions in manufacturing and realty activities.

However, thanks to the rise in investment in electricity projects, including a $5 billion gas-fired power plant proposed by ExxonMobil (US) and a $2.2 billion coal-fired power plant developed by Thai MNEs in the Quảng TRị Economic Zone, the flow of FDI was still okay.

As investors, Singapore and Japan topped the list of countries and territories having investment projects, in which Singapore’s reached $5.64 billion, 37 per cent of the total and Japan invested $2.44 billion, a surge of 67 per cent in investment compared to 2019.

UNCTAD pointed out local measures to promote investment, including the permission for certain disputes between foreign investors and the State to be taken to international arbitration, were keys to attract FDI inflows.

The report also said the Vietnamese government has expanded the list of business lines eligible for investment incentives, along with the publishing of a detailed list of conditions applied for businesses to be considered high-tech enterprises eligible for tax incentives as good points.

“Viet Nam for the first time introduced a negative list on market access, affording foreign investors with national treatment (NT) except in the sectors included in that list. The country also raised the cap on foreign ownership in domestic airlines.”

According to the report released late June, the US continued to be the world’s largest FDI recipient, followed by China and Hong Kong (China).

UNCTAD expected global FDI flows to bottom out in 2021 and later recover some lost ground, with an increase of about 10-15 per cent.

The report said: “This would still leave FDI some 25 per cent below the 2019 level,” adding current forecasts show a further increase in 2022 when the upper bound of projections would bring FDI back to the 2019 level.

The report concluded: “Prospects are highly uncertain and will depend on, among other factors, the pace of economic recovery and the possibility of pandemic relapses, the potential impact on FDI of recovery spending packages, and policy pressures.”

In the first six months of 2021, the total FDI commitments to Viet Nam declined by 2.6 per cent year-on-year to $15.27 billion, the FDI disbursement rate, however, rose by 6.8 per cent to stay at $9.24 billion.

Currently, Viet Nam has totally 33,787 foreign investment projects with a combined registered capital of $397.89 billion, while the disbursed amount stood at US$241.1 billion, 60.6 per cent of the committed amount.


Sweden exports to Vietnam

Products6M/20206M/2021Change (%)
All products (USD)183348537174992500-4.56%
Other machinery. equipment. tools and spare parts510841056019372617.83%
Pharmaceutical products4037434635846785-11.21%
Paper products1952782117495827-10.41%
Chemical products64050681004357456.81%
Iron or steel6638192755955513.88%
Wood and articles of wood30856846929436124.57%
Plastic products17802093826412114.94%
Articles of iron or steel2519607348555438.34%
Plastic materials1185487207439274.98%
Computers electrical products part thereof20652901429391-30.79%
Other petroleum products4844466589536.02%
Telephone sets. parts thereof5014735511-29.19%
Other goods4814813525413387-47.22%

Sweden imports from Vietnam

Products6M/20206M/2021Change (%)
All products (USD)567105914537932433-5.14%
Telephone sets. parts thereof307099381240170247-21.79%
Footwears. parts of such articles382269424716899323.39%
Textiles and garments302843923645062920.36%
Machinery. mechanical appliances. equipment. parts thereof217329562855376731.38%
Computers. electrical products. part thereof3541292427542398-22.23%
Articles of iron or steel20419492217248706.39%
Wood and articles of wood155173941755271813.12%
Bags. purses. suitcases. hats. umbrellas138799871534288610.54%
Plastic products89747098929584-0.50%
Fish and crustaceans. molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates5444869888123763.11%
Products of rattan. bamboo. sedge and carpet4885796661706135.43%
Materials for textiles and garments. and footwares30595566607057115.95%
Toys. sports equipment and parts4817027548359713.84%
Ceramic products1200966184486453.62%
Other metals and products41791222208192.46%
Other goods553687436349303614.67%

Denmark exports to Vietnam

Products6T/20206T/2021Change (%)
All products (USD)9573564012653418032.17%
Machinery. equipment tools and spare parts252667053093641722.44%
Chemical products145348731623499911.70%
Pharmaceutical products126858291557855022.80%
Fish and crustaceans molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates1207682511224262-7.06%
Materials for textiles and garments. and footwares38112947811251.154.46%
Articles of iron or steel2348099415367176.90%
Plastic products354283937936197.08%
Computers. electrical products. part thereof29607442608120-11.91%
Electric wires and cables1119580150209634.17%
Milk and dairy products858483116804336.06%
Iron or steel349755966870.60%
Other goods199255593449361073.11%

Denmark imports from Vietnam

Products6T/20206T/2021Change (%)
All products (USD)14089212518198072729.16%
Wood and articles of wood143253002444965270.67%
Fish and crustaceans. molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates197724952441817323.50%
Textiles and garments2589004522983270-11.23%
Furniture products from materials other than wood143059641835037028.27%
Other machinery. equipment. tools and spare parts11852805123873814.51%
Plastic products77873331179941051.52%
Articles of iron or steel5926787797232134.51%
Electric wires and cables18767687649147307.57%
Footwears. parts of such articles5589064650061016.31%
Products of rattan. bamboo. sedge and carpet2735262449520964.34%
Ceramic products2796146426545052.55%
Transport vehicles and spare parts2440280412136868.89%
Bags. purses. suitcases. hats. umbrellas3727550411589110.42%
Toys. sports equipment and parts363647539729389.25%
Other goods173171932383650037.65%

Norway exports to Vietnam

Products6M/20206M/2021Change (%)
All products (USD)16206348918032860511.27%
Fish and crustaceans molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates10186013012267055620.43%
Other machinery, equipment tools and spare parts2229797119429618-12.86%
Chemical products1367421245928379.85%
Articles of iron or steel41058891643871-59.96%
Other goods26668251290307288.86%

Norway imports from Vietnam

Products6M/20206M/2021Change (%)
All products (USD)63849538665994274.3
Footwears. parts of such articles103285041326224628.4
Textiles and garments794100983440525.1
Articles of iron or steel11135384144288-62.8
Fish and crustaceans molluscs and other aquatic invertebrates40634243709155-8.7
Other machinery. equipment. tools and spare parts13073083655527179.6
Furniture products from materials other than wood35813692827334-21.1
Cashew nuts35946312609467-27.4
Plastic products1565533240582953.7
Cameras. camcorders and components1134285181604660.1
Bags. purses. suitcases. hats. umbrellas18197311735862-4.6
Fruits and vegetables1214000159829831.7
Wood and articles of wood990511140963042.3
Transport vehicles and spare parts73206789187921.8
Other goods144456281818981425.9


Viet Nam, EU review bilateral trade deal implementation

Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien and European Commission Vice-President and EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis have co-chaired the first meeting of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)’s Trade Committee.

Minister of Industry and Trade Nguyen Hong Dien and European Commission Vice-President and EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis have co-chaired the first meeting of the EU-Viet Nam Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA)’s Trade Committee.

The meeting, held in online format, aimed to review the implementation of the deal and discuss issues related to trade and investment in both bilateral and multilateral frameworks.
Participants adopted Decision No. 01 of the committee on its operation mechanism, which comprises regulations on its function, membership, secretariat, decision-making procedure, and information transparency.

Both sides agreed to coordinate closely to speed up the implementation of the deal and cope with matters that may pose negative impacts on the operation of businesses of both sides, thus maintaining and developing the supply chain amid COVID-19 pandemic.

At the meeting, the two sides also mentioned a number of multilateral issues such as the reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the preparation for the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference, which is scheduled to take place from November 30 to December 1 in Switzerland.

The Vietnamese side highly valued and supported the EU’s efforts over the years in ensuring that the WTO operates in line with new reality in international trade and investment as well as interests of member countries, especially under-developed and developing ones, said Minister Dien. The EVFTA became effective on August 1, 2020. After nearly one year of implementation, the two sides have enjoyed positive growth in bilateral trade. Their import-export value hit 27.67 billion USD in the first six months of 2021, up 18.4 percent over the same period last year.


Viet Nam now world’s second-largest fuel pellet exporter

Viet Nam exported about 3.2 million tonnes of fuel pellets of various types last year, making it the world’s second-largest exporter of the product, according to the General Department of Customs.

The Viet Nam Timber and Forest Product Association (VIFOREST) reported Vietnamese pellets were mostly exported to Japan and South Korea for thermal power production.

Pellets are biomass fuel generally made from wood waste, such as wood shavings, sawdust, and logging residues; and agricultural waste, for example, rice husks, corn stover, sugarcane bagasse, and coffee pulps.

The country’s shipment of pellets rocketed to 3.2 million tonnes last year from just 175.5 tonnes in 2013. The export revenue increased 15.3 fold from nearly US$23 million in 2013 to $351 million in 2020.

Viet Nam has about 80 pellet factories and production facilities, mostly in the southeastern and northeastern regions, with a combined capacity of close to 4.5 million tonnes per year.

VIFOREST has forecast the global demand for pellets is likely to increase about 250 per cent over the next decade, to 36 million tonnes in 2030.


Forestry product exports expected to reach US$15.5 bilion in 2021

Export turnover of wood and forestry products for the year has been forecast to hit US$15.5 billion, a year-on-year increase of 17 per cent.

The figure was revealed by Bùi Chính Nghĩa, deputy general director of the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST) under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, at a conference held on Wednesday in Hà Nội.

The export value of wood and forestry products in the first six months of this year was estimated at $8.71 billion, up 61.6 per cent compared to the same period last year, the conference heard.

Wood processing enterprises continued to push the export of products with high added value such as kitchen cupboards and furniture, Nghĩa said, adding that these are also products that have achieved a great growth rate of 40 per cent.

While appreciating the good results gained by the VNFOREST over the past six months, Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development Lê Quốc Doanh said it should not rest on its laurels as the industry has been facing challenges from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and natural disasters. Trade barriers would directly affect export activities, he added.

The deputy minister demanded the administration ensure the forest industry is ready to cope with emerging challenges.

Regarding the US’s investigation into some wooden products imported from Viet Nam, Doanh said the wood manufacturing and processing industry needed to be more cautious to show other countries Viet Nam is moving towards transparent trade and is a reliable partner.

To meet the demand for transparent domestic raw materials, VNFOREST plans to issue a certificate of sustainable forest management, Nghĩa said.

The administration will work closely with the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) to accelerate the recognition of the national forest certification system and link with the PEFC forest certification.

It is reported the area of the newly-planted forest has so far reached 108,258ha, accounting for 41.6 per cent of the plan and that of the whole year is expected to hit 260,000ha, meeting the year’s target.

As many as 109 forest fires and 1,329 forest-related violations were recorded in the first six months of the year. The damaged forest area was 1,210ha, a decrease of 53 per cent compared with the same period last year. Of which, 283ha were damaged by forest fires and 672ha due to illegal deforestation.

The administration will strengthen forest protection and management to meet the target of reducing the number of violations by 10 per cent and the damaged forest area by 20 per cent compared with last year.