(CPV) – With continuous efforts throughout 2011, Vietnam’s commodity export and import turnover grew positively. Until December 25th , the country’s total commodity export and import turnover reached USD 200 billion, including USD 105.2 billion for import turnover and USD 94.8 billion for export turnover, reported the General Department of Customs of Vietnam. Statistics by the customs sector showed that in 2011, 49 commodities and commodity groups posted export and import turnover of more than USD 1 billion. Of which, five commodity groups earned export turnover of more than USD 6 billion, including garments and textiles, crude oil, types of phones and components, footwear and seafood. According to the General Department of Customs, until December 25th , export turnover grew considerably, by 35 percent, setting a record high rate since 1995. The trade gap decreased sharply compared to the previous four years and the difference between the trade gap and exports reached nearly 11 percent, the lowest figure since 2002. Over the past ten years, Vietnam’s export and import activities saw gigantic growth. In 2001, the first year of 21st century, the country’s total export and import turnover only stood at USD 31.2 billion. In January 2007, WTO access offered opportunities for Vietnam’s commodities to enter the world’s market as well as for commodities from other countries around the world to penetrate into Vietnam’s market. In early December 2007, the country’s total export and import turnover hit USD 100 billion.