HANOI, Jan 13 (Reuters) - Rice exports from Vietnam, the world's third-largest shipper of the grain, rose 4.2% in 2019 from a year earlier to 6.4 million tonnes, customs data showed on Monday.
However, revenue from rice exports last year dropped 8.3% to $2.8 billion, the Customs Department said in a statement.
West Africa, the Philippines and Malaysia were among the largest buyers by volume of Vietnamese rice, it added.
In December, Vietnam's exports increased 36.7% from the previous month to around 500,000 tonnes, worth $228 million.
The government's General Statistics Office late last month forecast 2019 rice exports at $6.259 million tonnes, and December exports at 390,000 tonnes. (Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Jan Harvey)