Update: 08:33 | 22/04/2020
Vietnam has shipped more than 68,000 tonnes of rice abroad as of April 21 evening, part of 400,000 tonnes of rice under quotas for this month, the General Department of Customs reported on its website.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc approved the Ministry of Industry and Trade's proposal to resume rice exports after a few weeks of suspension to make sure the country has sufficient food to cope with the Covid-19 pandemic.
Rice is packaged for export at a factory in Thot Not district of Can Tho city.
According to the department, from April 11-12, local businesses have registered to export 399,999 tonnes of rice.
The department said it has been updating information about the volume of rice exports on its official website at www.customs.gov.vn each hour.
In the first quarter of this year, the country exported about 1.52 million tonnes of rice for 700.8 million USD, up 9 percent in volume and 16 percent in value year-on-year, the department's statistics revealed.