The Nguoi Lao Dong quoted the Industry and Trade Ministry as saying imports of machinery jumped 55 percent from the same period last year to $7.2 billion.
The report said steel and feed imports jumped 66.5 percent and 51 percent to $2.65 billion and $897 million respectively.
The government is expected to release full trade statistics for the January-September period this week.
State media reported this week that exports would rise nearly 20 percent to $35.6 billion in the first nine months, with textiles surpassing crude oil as the largest export item.
Textiles would earn $5.8 billion, a rise of 31 percent from a year earlier, while crude oil would generate $5.78 billion.
The Ministry of Industry and Trade has forecast exports this year of between $48 billion and $50 billion and imports of between $57 billion and $58 billion, meaning the deficit could be double the $4.81 billion logged in 2006.
The country is the world's top exporter of black pepper and cashew nuts and ranks second in sales of coffee and rice.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Vietnam's 9-month trade gap at record $7.6 billion
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