Export, logistics performance, and regional economic integration: Sectoral and sub-sectoral evidence from Vietnam

Nha Le *
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1Faculty of Business Administration, Ton Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh 756000, Viet Nam.
2University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh 722700, Viet Nam.
*Corresponding Author: Nha Duc Le, E-mail:

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Received: Oct 30, 2021; Revised: Dec 07, 2021; Accepted: Dec 20, 2021

Published Online: Feb 16, 2022


As a coastal emerging country, export-led marine economy has been the development model of Vietnam over the past decades since The Renovation 1986. Given the rise of globalization, regional economic integration and logistics enhancement have been identified as key engines for economic sustainability by Vietnamese government. Nevertheless, little sectoral and sub-sectoral evidence has been given for the platform shaped by policies relevant to export, logistics performance and regional economic integration. The paper employs the trade gravity model to study the relationship between seafood export, logistics performance and regional economic integration in the case of Vietnam. Sectoral and sub-sectoral trade gravity models are employed. Logistics performance from the exporter-side and importer-side is included in the estimations. Membership to effective regional trade agreements of Vietnam are proxies for regional economic integration. Zero trade issue is resolved by the Pooled Ordinary Least Squares (POLS), Poisson Pseudo-Maximum Likelihood (PPML) and Heckman Sample Selection estimations, while endogeneity is tackled by the difference and system Generalized Method of Moments (GMM) models. Findings vary by estimation methods, data levels, product groups, and whether which side is considered. In addition, theoretical contributions and some seafood export-driving policy recommendations relevant to regional economic integration and logistics performance development are discussed.

Keywords: Export; Logistics performance; Regional economic integration; Seafood; Trade gravity model