Vietnamese exporters stand to gain $633 million by increasing trade with India

October 14, 2020 | 10:37
Vietnamese businesses could increase exports to India by $633 million annually, the Standard Chartered Trade Opportunity Report has revealed. The study also found that Indian exporters could boost trade with Vietnam by an estimated $475 million, bringing the bilateral trade opportunity to $1.1 billion.
vietnamese exporters stand to gain 633 million by increasing trade with india

Standard Chartered research reveals new trade opportunities between Vietnam and India as a possible route to post COVID-19 growth. Photo: Unsplash

The ASEAN markets in the study (Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam) have a combined opportunity of $10.7 billion to increase exports to India.

The research tracks high potential exports, defined as goods or services where businesses have added value with the borders of their home market. As markets look to recover from the impact of COVID-19, the study champions global trade as a key lever of prosperity, highlighting the sectors with the greatest opportunities for growth.

Vietnam’s wholesale and retail trade services sector has the most to gain, with a $87 million opportunity.

India is now one of Vietnam’s top 10 trading partners and Vietnam ranks as India’s fourth-largest ASEAN trading partner. With the shifts in supply chains post-COVID-19, the India-Vietnam trade route could become increasingly important for international businesses.

Other Vietnamese sectors with significant opportunities in India are transportation and storage services; cotton (including sewing thread, yarn ,and fabric); office admin and other business support services, and knitted clothing.

Top 5 high-potential export opportunities from Vietnam to India:


Actual exports

($ million)

Opportunity to increase exports

($ million)

Wholesale and retail trade service 141 87
Transportation and storage services 114 86
Cotton (including sewing thread, yarn, and fabric) 14 78
Office admin and other business support services 18 67
Knitted clothing 10 36

“Vietnamese and Indian efforts to grow trade between the two markets have clearly been working, with bilateral trade growing at the steepest rate ever recorded. As Vietnam plays an increasingly important role in global supply chains, its relationship with India is likely to strengthen further – especially with India investing close to $2 billion in over 200 projects in Vietnam. As this study shows, India presents many opportunities for Vietnamese companies seeking new and fruitful avenues for growth,” said Nirukt Sapru, CEO, Vietnam, ASEAN, and South Asia Cluster Markets, Standard Chartered.

The study estimates that India could increase high-potential exports to Vietnam by $475 million, or 12 per cent, annually.

The Standard Chartered Trade Opportunity Report identifies opportunities at a sectoral level, across both goods and services, between India and 10 of its key trading partners. The study contrasts actual export and potential export values – calculated by an economic model – to uncover medium-term opportunities, looking to a post-COVID-19 world as economies begin to reopen.

Overall, the study reveals opportunities totalling an estimated $38 billion annually: a $21 billion opportunity for the 10 markets to increase exports to India, and a $17 billion opportunity for India to increase exports in the other direction.

What the stars mean:

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