Indian Exports Thrive Amid Geo-political Turmoil

Indian Exports Thrive Amid Geo-political Turmoil
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Indian Exports Thrive Amid Geo-political Turmoil
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Indian Exports Thrive Amid Geo-political Turmoil

Indian Exports Thrive Amid Geo-political Turmoil

Indian Exports Thrive Amid Geo-political Turmoil

India’s trade deficit faces limited near-term challenges from ongoing geopolitical uncertainties, though it remains an important area to monitor, says a recent outlook report by Crisil on India’s trade deficit.The report also suggests that, despite these potential disruptions, the forecast for better trade growth this year by key multilateral organizations offers encouraging news for Indian exports.India’s exports in April recorded positive growth in the face of the ongoing disruptions in global trade routes and uneven global growth.

Imports, meanwhile, saw steeper growth, leading to a wider trade deficit.According to the report, overall, services exports of India have been growing well and the country is now the fourth largest exporter of digitally delivered services, after the US, UK, and Ireland.

The country now accounts for more than a fifth of international trade in services. India’s digitally delivered services exports stood at USD 257 billion, up 17 per cent on-year.The report highlights that India’s merchandise exports grew 1.1 per cent year-on-year to USD 34.99 bn from USD 34.62 bn in April last year, after registering a mild contraction of -0.7 per cent in the previous month.While India’s merchandise imports surged 10.3 per cent year-on-year to USD 54.09 bn from USD 49.06 bn in April last year.The report says that lower gems and jewellery shipments were a drag on the export growth.

Meanwhile, core exports stayed positive but slowed to 1.3 per cent on-year compared with 9.1 per cent in March.The high growth in merchandise imports was a result of a surge in both oil and gems & jewellery imports while core import growth remained softer. Notably, during the April month prices of crude oil and gold rose sharply — both, on-year and on-month.Oil prices rose to USD 90.1/bbl (Barrel) in April from USD 85.4/bbl in March, contributing to the import growth.

Meanwhile, Gold imports doubled to USD 3.1 bn from USD 1.5 bn in March. Therefore, the merchandise trade deficit widened to USD 19.1 billion from USD 15.6 billion in March and USD 14.4 billion in April last year.In March, India’s services exports declined 1.4 per cent year-on-year, while imports softened to 2.1 per cent. As a result, the services trade surplus was largely stable at USD 13.42 billion as against USD 13.48 billion a year ago.

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