Vietnam - Export Britain

Export Britain


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Largest city
Ho Chi Minh City

Administrative divisions
58 provinces

dong (VND)


(2012) 90,388,000

Calling code

Official language

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Ease of trading across borders

Importing a standard container of goods into Vietnam requires:



Vietnam is predicted to be the fastest-growing of the world's emerging economies by 2025, with a potential growth rate of almost 10% per annum. Vietnam has been named among the Next Eleven and CIVETS countries. The Vietnamese economy has weathered the global economic downturn relatively well. The country has slowly been transforming itself into a more market-oriented economy. Reforms include partial privatisation of state-owned enterprises and modernisation of the trade regime. Vietnam joined the World Trade Organization in January 2007, which has promoted more competitive, export-driven industries.

Economic snapshot (% annual growth rate)

GDP 6.0 5.0 5.8
Export of goods and services 1.9 10.5 7.3
Import of goods and services -4.9 8.9 8.3
Inflation 18.7 9.1 5.7
Short-term interest rates (%) - - -
Exchange rate (per £) - - -
Population 1.0 1 1
Unit labour cost - - -
Source: Oxford Economics

Economic outlook

Gross domestic product grew 4.9% in the first half of the year, according to preliminary data released by the General Statistics Office. Corporate difficulties, a banking system weighed down with bad debts and high interest rates were among the main factors contributing to the weak economic climate. GDP growth in 2013 is close to last year’s 5% as a result of subdued exports and persistently high real interest. But a pick-up is in prospect from 2014, as the past year’s strong rise in inward investment starts to boost exports to faster-recovering markets.

Trade outlook

Vietnam’s exports grew by an estimated 20% in 2012. China is forecasted to overtake the US as Vietnam’s largest trading partner. Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and Malaysia will also become fast growing export partners for Vietnam. Plans to expand the ASEAN Free Trade Agreement to zero tariffs on all goods by 2015 will also drive Vietnam’s trade with other economies in the region over the medium term. The US and Japan will remain key sources of demand for Vietnam and will remain among Vietnam’s top export markets.

SWOT analysis

Attractive destination for future investments
Slow structural reforms
Reduction in trade barriers following international commitments
Fiscal situation deteriorating
Import slowdown

Vietnam's trade with the UK

Sector segmentation growth

Sectors to watch:
  • Food
  • Utilities
  • Metal products
  • pulp & paper
  • other manufacturing n.e.c. 
  • beverages.

Fastest-growing exporters into Vietnam

1 India
2 Korea
3 Brazil
4 Hong Kong
5 China
6 Poland
7 Indonesia
8 Canada
9 Bangladesh
10 France

Total merchandise trade - Leading import partners

Total merchandise trade - leading import partners
Opportunities for UK businesses

Vietnam has implemented a 10-year-long modernisation policy which has opened the need for products and services. UK businesses can take advantage of these opportunities in almost every sector. Particular sectors that offer great opportunities include consumer goods including plastics, dairy products, raw materials, unfinished iron and cotton, as well as providing the types of services that are currently exported around the world.

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