The shipments from these zones in 2015-16 were aggregated at Rs 4.68 lakh crore.
Exports rose 7.5 percent in April from a year ago, below the median estimate of 7.8 percent annual growth, finance ministry data showed on Monday. It followed a 12.0 percent rise in March.
Since September last year, exports are consistently going up and "I can see this as a clear indicator that our exporters are performing against all odds and showing their capacity to withstand any headwinds and the global situation," she told PTI in an interview.
The Labor Department said on Wednesday that import prices jumped 0.5 percent last month after gaining 0.1 percent in March. It was the fifth straight monthly increase and beat economists' expectations for a 0.2 percent advance.
"This year farmers received higher prices, so they are going to raise the area under cotton. We are expecting around a 15 percent increase," said Mekala Chockalingam, chairman of the state-runÂ Cotton Corporation of IndiaÂ (CCI), the biggest cotton buyer in the country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi last month launched the first flight under the Regional Connectivity Scheme that is designed to spur air travel between smaller Indian cities that are currently under-served and to make flying more affordable. The government will cap fares under the scheme and offer airlines incentives to fly less traversed routes.
China's April exports rose 8.0 percent from a year earlier, missing analysts' expectations, while imports expanded 11.9 percent, official data showed on Monday.
Record exports from China and India are pressuring the margins downwards despite firm demand for air travel, the sources said.
Exporters' body FIEO today said the rupee appreciation during the last two months has negatively impacted the country's exports, and demanded immediate support from the government.
"Around 200 tonnes of mangoes have been exported so far this month. The exports will pick up pace in the coming weeks," a senior official of the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) told PTI.
A huge spike in gold imports pushed the trade deficit to USD 10.43 billion during the month under review from USD 4.4 billion a year ago.
Meat exports stood at Rs 27,610 crore in the financial year 2015-16, Rs 30,201 crore in the 2014-15 and Rs 27,720 crore in 2013-14, Minister of Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.
In the entire 2015-16, these zones had received duty exemptions worth Rs 52,216 crore, according to the data given by Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.
Steel Minister Chaudhary Birender Singh said the country's steel output is at around 120 million tonnes and the government is aiming to achieve 300 million tonnes by 2030.
During the year, the company sold 69,290 units in the domestic market, clocking an increase of 18 per cent from the previous fiscal, Sonalika ITL said in a statement.
In April-January period of the previous fiscal, exports from the sector stood at USD 26.5 billion, according to the data from Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC).
UBS Securities believes the currency will hover around 65 levels, but sticks to its year-end forecast of 70/USD, implying a weakness.
When China joined the WTO in 2001, it was agreed that other member states could treat it as a non-market economy for 15 years.
"We expect the merchandise exports to be around USD 315 billion and services exports to about USD 185 billion in 2017-18," Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said in a statement.
Domestic sales stood at 1,69,279 units as against 2,04,281 units in the corresponding period last year, down 17.13 per cent, the company said in a statement.
Hopefully, in April things should normalise except that there will be a slight dip in demand thanks to all the preponement of sales in last month, said Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto.
The company had sold 21,198 vehicles in the corresponding month last year, Ford India said in a statement.
The Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said that during this challenging period, India witnessed double digit growth in exports in February after a long time.
"In FY18, the value of exports is likely to grow to Rs 22,000–22,500 crore, with export volumes growing to around 4.09 million tonne and supported by an increase in average realisations," Jotwani added.
April-February power exports of around 5,798 million units were 4 percent higher than what India bought from Bhutan, which has been a steady supplier of hydro-electricity to the country since the eighties.