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Vietnam earns 5 bln USD from wood exports in 10 months

HO CHI MINH CITY, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- Vietnam earned 5 billion U. S. dollars from exports of wood and wood-based products in the first ten months of this year, an increase of 13.3 percent year on year, according to the General Statistics Office on Wednesday.

In October alone, Vietnam exporters shipped wood and timber products abroad worth 528 million dollars, continuing an uptrend in the market.

In the ten-month period, wood exports to Japan rose by 22.03 percent and the U.S. by 14.35 percent, while to China down 19 percent, year on year.

The United States, China and Japan were the top three importers of Vietnamese wood and timber products, accounting for 66.35 percent of the country's total export market of these commodities.

Wood and timber product exports are now fifth among the ten main export industries of Vietnam. Their export value is estimated to hit 10 billion U.S. dollars by 2020, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD).

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