Vietnam’s exports to CPTPP countries set to surge

Economy, Vietnam, Vietnam Finance News
Vietnam’s exports to several CPTPP member countries have increased this year. (Source: vietnamexport.com)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s exports to
member countries of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for
Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) are expected to increase strongly through
2030, reaching 25 percent of the nation’s total exports, according to the
Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT).

Shipments to Japan, the country’s largest export
market in the bloc followed by Canada and Mexico, have reached 2.9 billion USD
so far this year, up from 2.6 billion USD from the same period last year.

As many as 269 certificates of origin have been
issued in the CPTPP since the pact took effect in January 2019.

These figures were unveiled by Ngo Chung
Khanh, deputy director of the MoIT’s Multilateral Trade Policy Department,
in a recent press meeting on industrial manufacturing and trade activities.

“Up to 219 of the 269 certificates of origin were issued to Canada,
demonstrating that Vietnamese exporters were utilizing the CPTPP to penetrate
Canada, one of the three countries that Vietnam has not signed free trade
agreement with,” Khanh said, adding that 14 certificates of origin had been
issued to Mexico and eight to Peru.

Vietnam has yet to sign free trade agreements (FTAs) with three of the 11 CPTPP
member countries – Canada, Mexico and Peru.

“In the medium and long term, Vietnam will
benefit more from the CPTPP when more countries join the agreement,” Khanh
said.

The CPTPP is a trading bloc that represents nearly 500 million people with a
combined 13.5 percent of the world’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The accord is an important milestone in Vietnam’s global integration as it will
promote export turnover, boost institutional reform and improve the business
environment.

Total import-export turnover between Vietnam and other CPTPP member countries reached
nearly 74.5 billion USD in 2018, accounting for 15.5 percent of the country’s
total import-export value. Of which, exports reached 36.8 billion USD and
imports were 37.7 billion USD, data from Vietnam’s General Department of
Customs showed.

Vietnam enjoyed a trade surplus with Canada, Chile, Mexico, Australia and Peru,
while suffering a trade deficit with Japan, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia
and Brunei.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment has revealed Vietnam’s exports to the CPTPP
countries would grow by 4.04 percent by 2035 and reach 80 billion USD through
2030, making up 25 percent of its total exports.

With 75-95 percent of tariff lines being scrapped, export opportunities to the
countries Vietnam had yet sign FTAs as well as member it was suffering a trade
deficit like Japan and Australia were significant.

Khanh said extensive commitments in the trade, service and investment sectors
would open more opportunities for Vietnamese businesses to compete in a more
transparent and predictable business environment, expand and diversify import
and export markets, especially for products and services.

In addition, new supply chains would be formed to raise the whole economy,
increase labour productivity and enable businesses to participate in higher
value-added production chains.

He added that the MoIT working with the World Bank and The Australian Embassy
in Vietnam to build a web portal for FTAs, with the core being the CPTPP.-VNA

QBCA

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