Engineering exports growth turned negative (-)22.81 percent), petroleum (-60.35 percent), textiles (-12 percent) and gems and jewellery (-18.81 percent) recorded negative growth during the September, according to the provisional data of the Commerce Ministry
Exports of top five sectors including engineering and petroleum fell by about 31 percent to USD 13.6 billion in September due to slump in global demand.
Exports from these sectors stood at USD 19.7 billion in the same month of last year. They had accounted for about 65 percent of the total merchandise exports in 2014-15.
Engineering exports growth turned negative (-)22.81 percent), petroleum (-60.35 percent), textiles (-12 percent) and gems and jewellery (-18.81 percent) recorded negative growth during the September, according to the provisional data of the Commerce Ministry.
Only pharmaceuticals sector managed to registered a growth of 9 percent in September, it stated. During the last financial year, exports of these segments stood at USD 202.15 billion while the total exports were USD 310.5 billion.
Expressing concerns over continuous dip in exports, Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said the government should immediately announce steps like extending interest subsidy benefits to contain the dip in exports. Decline in exports has been instrumental in dragging down India's overall merchandise exports.
Contracting for the 10th month in a row, India's merchandise exports dipped 24.33 percent in September to USD 21.84 billion, mainly due to steep fall in shipments of petroleum products, iron ore, and engineering goods amid tepid global demand.
The Parliamentary Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry held a meeting in Goa recently to review India's exports performance.
In the meeting, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlighted the concern that China has been making efforts to stall India's exports through non-tariff barriers such as phytosanitary stipulations and standardisation issues. She has assured the committee that the government was fully geared up to meet the challenges through exports on account of slowdown in the global economy.
The total exports in the past four financial years have been hovering at around USD 300 billion. The continuous decline in exports is expected to impact jobs and put pressure on the current account deficit.
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