This marks a slight decrease against the $2.9 billion surplus seen in 2016.
The total export value during the reviewed period was $193.75 billion and that of imports was $190.99 billion, up 21.1 per cent and 21 per cent year-on-year, respectively.
Export of crude, coal, petrol and minerals is estimated at $3.94 billion, up 26.4 per cent year-on-year, accounting for 2.0 percent of total export turnover.
The export of processed goods reached $157.3 billion, up 22.4 per cent over the same period last year, accounting for 81.2 per cent of total export turnover.
Asia has emerged the main importer of Vietnamese goods, with a year-on-year increase of 30.8 per cent, accounting for 52.1 per cent of total exports.
It estimates that import turnover in the first 11 months of 2017 increased by a significant 21 per cent year-on-year.
Asia was also the biggest supplier of goods, with Vietnamese imports from this market rising strongly by 22.2 per cent year-on-year, accounting for 81 percent of total import turnover.
The ministry says that Vietnam’s total export turnover in 2017 is expected to reach the highest level since 2011, far exceeding the $202 billion target set for the year. The annual export figure is estimated at $210 billion, an increase of 20 per cent compared over 2016.