HANOI, Aug. 1 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam gained nearly 5.7 billion U.S. dollars from exporting wood and wood-based products, mainly wooden furniture, in the first seven months, seeing a year-on-year increase of 16.4 percent, according to the country's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development on Thursday.
In July alone, the country made wood and woodwork export turnovers of 850 million U.S. dollars, up 15.4 percent. Its largest importers included the United States, Japan, China, South Korea and the European Union.
Vietnam earned about 8.9 billion U.S. dollars from selling the products overseas in 2018, up 15 percent against 2017.
Vietnam currently has about 4,700 wood processing enterprises, mainly in the southern region, of which nearly 1,900 specialize in making products for export, according to the ministry.