Handicraft exports value forecast to hit record high

Tuesday, Jul 23, 2013 11:01

HA NOI (Biz Hub)— The export value of Vietnamese fine arts and handicrafts is expected to outstrip US$2.5 billion this year, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).

In the first six months, shipments of arts and handicrafts jumped 18.3 per cent against the same period last year, slightly higher than the country's average export growth rate of 16.1 per cent.

Notably, revenue from suitcases, wallets, hats and umbrellas totalled $925 million, up 23.6 per cent year-on-year; pottery reached $218 million, up 6.6 per cent; and bamboo products hit $110 million, up 5.3 per cent.

As of the end of June, the arts and handicrafts sector had become one of the country's 11 biggest export earners.—VNS

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