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India's exports dip 0.25% to $27.67 billion in February, trade deficit widens to $12.88 billion

The trade deficit widened to $12.88 billion in February as compared to $10.16 billion in the year-ago period, the commerce ministry said in a statement.

March 02, 2021 / 03:20 PM IST
Trade (Image: Reuters)

Trade (Image: Reuters)


India's exports marginally declined 0.25 percent to $27.67 billion in February while imports grew by 6.98 percent to $40.55 billion during the month, according to provisional data released by the commerce ministry on Tuesday.

The trade deficit widened to $12.88 billion in February as compared to $10.16 billion in the year-ago period, the ministry said in a statement.

The exports during April-February 2020-21 period stood at $255.92 billion. In the same period a year ago, it was at $291.87 billion, showing a negative growth of 12.32 percent.

Imports during April-February period too dipped 23 percent to $340.88 billion.

In February, oil imports declined 16.63 percent to $8.99 billion. It was down 40.18 percent to $72.08 billion during the 11-month period of the current fiscal.

Major commodities of export which recorded positive growth in February include oil meals, iron ore, rice, meat, dairy and poultry products, carpet, spices, pharmaceuticals and chemicals.

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Many export commodities recorded negative growth during the same period. They are petroleum products (-27.13 percent), leather (-21.62 percent), cashew (-18.6 percent), gems and jewellery (-11.18 percent), engineering goods (-2.56 percent), tea (-2.49 percent) and coffee (-0.73 percent).
PTI
first published: Mar 2, 2021 03:09 pm

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