Vietnam's textile and garment exports have surged 18% in the first nine months of the year to reach US$13.2bn, according to figures from the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT).

In September, shipments rose 7.8% to $1.7bn.

The US remained the biggest export market at $6.4bn, up 14% over the nine-month period last year, followed by the EU, which rose 9.2% to $1.98bn. Shipments to Japan jumped 20.1% to $1.74bn.

During the January to September period, footwear exports from Vietnam soared 15.1% to $6bn, including $549m generated in September alone.

The EU, US and Japan are also the three largest markets for the country's footwear, valued $2.05bn (up 10%), $1.93bn (up 17%) and $291m (up 17.3%) respectively.

During the nine months, Vietnam spent $2.73bn on importing materials for textile, garment and footwear production, a rise of 19.9% over same period the year before.