Vietnam exported 7.11 million tons rice in 2011, group says

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Vietnam, the world's second-largest rice exporter, shipped 7.11 million metric tons in 2011, the Vietnam Food Association said.

Shipments were 376,365 tons in December, the association said in a statement on its website Tuesday.

Vietnam's 2011 exports exceed the record 6.75 million tons that were shipped in 2010 according to the association. Shipments first surpassed the previous year's total in the year to Dec. 8, the association said Dec. 12.

The country's agricultural ministry said Nov. 30 Vietnam may ship 7.37 million tons in 2011.

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