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Vietnam steel import and export situation in May 2023

Vietnam steel import and export situation in May 2023

Steel NewsDate: 17-07-2023 by: Ngoc Cam

According to the General Department of Vietnam Customs report, thanks to the trade promotion activities, the import and export turnover in May 2023 was estimated at 55.86 billion USD, up 5.3% compared to the previous month. The export of iron & steel reached 1.13 million tons, and the import of iron & steel of all kinds in May 2023 reached more than 838,000 tons.

1. General assessment of Vietnam's import and export situation in May 2023

According to preliminary data in May 2023 from the General Department of Customs, the country's total import and export value reached 54.08 billion USD, up 1.9% (equivalent to 1 billion USD) compared to the previous month. Export value was 28.04 billion USD, up 0.6% (equivalent to 176 million USD) and import value was 26.04 billion USD, up 3.3%.

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Regarding the export market, the United States is still Vietnam's largest partner with an estimated turnover of 37.2 billion USD. China is the largest import market of our country with an estimated turnover of 43.4 billion USD. In the first 5 months of 2023, Vietnam's trade surplus to the US was estimated at 31.2 billion USD; to the EU was 12.6 billion USD; to Japan was 521 million USD.

2. The situation of Vietnam's steel exports in May 2023

Merchandise exports in May 2023 reached 28.04 billion USD, up 0.6% (equivalent to 176 million USD) over the previous month. The commodity groups with the most substantial increase in value were textiles and garments with an increase of 376 million USD, vegetables and fruits by 265 million USD, iron & steel of all kinds with an increase of 118 USD, crude oil by 98 million USD, compared to the previous month.

Iron & steel exports of all kinds in May 2023 reached 1.13 million tons, bringing the total export volume of this commodity in the first 5 months of 2023 to 4.38 million tons, up 10.4% over the same period last year. The main reason is that the import demand of the EU market increased by 55% and reached 1.36 million tons. Among 27 European countries, Italy is the largest importer of Vietnamese steel with nearly 696,000 tons, up 121% over the same period last year.

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According to the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Vietnam's future steel exports to the EU market will have many advantages thanks to changes in trade remedy policies for some steel products imported from developing countries in the WTO. According to the new regulations, valid from July 1, 2023, Vietnam benefits significantly from this quota expansion.

Vietnam's most prominent steel export market is the ASEAN region with about 36% market share. In the first 5 months of 2023, the amount of iron & steel exported to the ASEAN market was 1.53 million tons.

3. Vietnam's steel import situation in May 2023

According to the General Department of Customs, the import value of goods in May 2023 reached 26.04 billion USD, up 3.3% (equivalent to 827 million USD) over the previous month. In the group of raw materials with increased the most such as crude oil increased by 40.1%, gasoline of all kinds increased by 20.8%, and coal of all kinds increased by 14%. Meanwhile, the commodity groups with a sharp decrease were iron & steel scrap, down 53.1% (equivalent to 137 million USD), and iron and steel and products down 7.4% (equivalent to 95 million USD).

Iron & steel imports of all kinds in May 2023 reached more than 838,000 tons, down 18.9% over the previous month, worth 772 million USD, down 13.5%. Thus, in the first 5 months of 2023, Vietnam imported 4.61 million tons of iron & steel of all kinds, reaching 3.16 billion USD, down 29.7% in value over the same period last year.

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Currently, Vietnam mainly imports iron & steel products of all kinds from main markets including China with 2.49 million tons, up 14.5%, Japan with 737,000 tons, down 15.3%, Korea reached 409,000 tons, down 27.2%...compared to the same period in 2022.

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