Illustrative image. (Photo:nongnghiep.vn)

The US imported over 97,000 tonnes of cashew nuts worth 615.68 million USD during the first seven months of this year, an increase of 0.5 percent in volume and a drop of 6.1 percent in value compared with the same period last year, according to US International Trade Commission.

The volume of imports from most main suppliers increased, but the growth of imports from Vietnam was the lowest in the reviewed period. Specifically, the US imported 87,000 tonnes of cashew nuts worth 545.88 million USD from Vietnam, up 0.7 percent in volume but down 6.4 percent in value compared to last year’s figure.

Strict social distancing measures and high freight costs caused by the fourth wave of COVID-19 have exerted a negative impact on Vietnamese cashew exports to the US.

However, the share of Vietnam's cashew nut in the US market during the first seventh month of 2021 rose slightly to 89.26 percent from 89.08 percent last year.

The country maintained its position as the number 1 cashew nut supplier of the US thanks to its stable supply and good quality.

Vietnam Airlines operates first commercial flight on HCM City-Da Nang route

The Da Nang International Airport welcomed the first commercial flight from HCM City operated by Vietnam Airlines on October 12 evening after the route was resumed, VNA reported the carrier ‘s announcement on October 13.

Passengers on the flight satisfies pandemic prevention and control requirements
including a negative testing COVID-19 certificate, full vaccination of two shots,
or certificate of recovery from the disease. (Photo: VNA)

Passengers on the flight satisfied pandemic prevention and control requirements including a negative testing COVID-19 certificate, full vaccination of two shots, or certificate of recovery from the disease.

The airline has restored 14 domestic routes since October 10. For the routes between Da Nang and Hanoi and HCM City, it is allowed to conduct five return flights on each route during the pilot period from October 10 to 20.

The number is expected to increase in the coming days after cities issue specific pandemic prevention and control regulations and facilitate the travelling of people.

Vietnam Airlines operated nine commercial flights on October 12, comprising two between Hanoi and HCM City, two each on routes connecting HCM City and Hue, Dong Hoi and Phu Quoc, and one between HCM City and Da Nang.

The Hanoi-HCM City route is the most crowded with seat occupancy of up to 94 percent.

Storm Kompasu shock at level 14

According to the National Centre for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting, as of 4am on October 13, the location of Storm Kompasu, the eighth storm that has entered the East Sea/South China Sea this year was about 270 kilometres to the northeast of Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Archipelago, packing 100-120 kilometres per hour winds (level 11) near its eye,.

The projected path of Kompasu storm (Photo: nchmf.gov.vn)

For the next 24 hours, the storm will move west at a speed of 25-30 kilometres per hour and is likely to gradually weaken in intensity, reported NDO.

By 4am on October 14, the location of storm will be around 18.8 degrees north latitude and 107.7 degrees east longitude, packing 75-90 kilometres per hour winds (level 11).

The danger zone in the East Sea in the next 24 hours will be 16.0 degrees north latitude and 117.0 degrees east longitude. All vessels operating in the danger zone are at high risk of being affected by strong winds, high waves and tornadoes.

In the next 24-36 hours, the storm will move mainly westward, at a speed of 20 kilometres per hour, travel inland from Thanh Hoa to Quang Binh provinces and weaken into a tropical depression.

By 4pm on October 14, the location of the tropical depression will be around 18.7 degrees north latitude and 105.2 degrees east longitude. The strongest winds in the area near the centre of depression are expected to be about 40-50 kilometres per hour (level 6), with shock at level 8.

36 to 48 hours from now, the tropical depression will travel west at about 20 kilometres per hour inland and weaken into a low pressure area over Central Laos.

The danger zone on the East Sea in the next 24-48 hours will be at 15.5 degrees north latitude, 111.0 degrees east longitude. All vessels operating in the danger zone are at high risk of being affected by strong winds, high waves and tornadoes./.

BTA