Accordingly, export earnings from rice surpassed US$158 million, up 23.3%; fruit and vegetables hit US$6.4 million, up more than 40%; aquatic products at US$155.6 million, up 11%; leather and footwear reached US$121.3 million, up 117.7%; and other goods reached US$26.5 million, up 44%. The province’s rice, seafood, and footwear were shipped to more than 30 markets worldwide. The department said rice exporting has become more promising, with domestic and foreign merchants buying rice from farmers and forming production-consumption chains. Footwear has gradually become a key currency earner, contributing to raising the local export value. The province has also boosted trade promotion such as marketing goods at domestic and foreign fairs to seek new partners and expand markets, while removing difficulties faced by exporters to help them churn out quality goods with competitive rates and high added values. A representative from the department said the province strives to earn more than US$191 million from exports in the fourth quarter, raising the yearly figure to US$660 million, surpassing the plan by 27% and up 40% annually. In the remaining months of the year, the province will continue ensuring supply to meet export demands, especially for rice and aquatic products, while strengthening traditional markets and seeking new ones. Local exporters will be arranged to attend domestic and foreign trade fairs to seek partners and expand markets. More attention will be given to the export of competitive goods and cross-border trade, in particular selling goods to Cambodia via the Ha Tien international border gate.