Vietnam – Netherlands import and export turnover increases by 18.6%

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On March 18, Ms. Elsbeth Akkerman, Dutch Ambassador to Vietnam had a working meeting with Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade Dang Hoang An during which she said that the Netherlands is willing to support Vietnam in terms of research, sharing experiences and cooperation in the field of renewable energy.

At the meeting, the two sides spent time discussing issues related to trade cooperation, sustainable energy development, and circular economy in Vietnam.

Dutch Ambassador Elsbeth Akkerman expressed her support for Vietnam's green energy transition program and emphasized that offshore wind energy should play an important role in that program.

For his part, Deputy Minister Dang Hoang An highly appreciated the Netherlands' interest and desire for cooperation and support in Vietnam.

He affirmed that the Netherlands is always an important cooperation partner of Vietnam. Therefore, the Ministry of Industry and Trade supports the Dutch side's efforts to research and organize the above series of activities.

The two sides agreed to continue to strengthen cooperation in the areas of commercial development, sustainable energy and the circular economy. The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Embassy of the Netherlands are willing to coordinate and support relevant agencies and businesses of the two sides to increase exchanges.

In recent years, the Netherlands has become the largest market for Vietnamese exports in the EU, with turnover increasing steadily every year. The Dutch market has always been considered a gateway and one of the hubs for transshipment of goods to the European market, helping to connect ports and industrial parks with Europe, as a significant portion of Vietnamese exports to the Netherlands go to other European countries.

In 2020, in spite of the serious impact of COVID-19, the import-export turnover of Vietnam to the Netherlands increased compared to the same period in 2019, reaching USD7.65 billion, an increase of 1.52% compared to the same period in 2019./.


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