HANOI, June 3 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam raked in over 1.8 billion U.S. dollars from exporting fruits and vegetables in the first five months of this year, up 8.8 percent year-on-year, with China being the largest importer, the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Monday.
Other big export markets of Vietnamese fruits and vegetables included the United States, South Korea, and Japan. Vietnam is striving to earn 4.2 billion U.S. dollars from selling fruits and vegetables overseas this year, said the ministry.
Between January and May, the country also spent 891 million U.S. dollars importing fruits and vegetables, surging 48.1 percent year-on-year. Thailand and China were Vietnam's largest suppliers, according to the ministry.
In 2018, Vietnam made fruit and veggie export turnovers of nearly 3.4 billion U.S. dollars and spent over 1.7 billion U.S. dollars importing the products, up 9.2 percent and 12.3 percent against 2017, respectively, said its General Statistics Office.