Exports shows positive growth

Exports during January 2018 have exhibited positive growth of 9.07per cent in dollar terms vis-à-vis January 2017. Exports have been on a positive trajectory since August 2016 to January 2018 with a dip of 1.1 per cent in the month of October 2017. In January 2018 valued at US$ 24383.97 million as compared to US$ 22356.32 million during January 2017. In Rupee terms, exports were valued at Rs.155172.00crore as compared to Rs.152202.70crore during January 2017, registering a riseof 1.95per cent.

During January 2018, Major commodity groups of export showing positive growth over the corresponding month of last year areEngineering Goods (15.77%), Petroleum Products (39.5%), Gems & Jewellery (0.89%), Organic & Inorganic Chemicals (33.6%) and Drugs & Pharmaceuticals (8.6%).

Cumulative value of exports for the period April-January 2017-18 was US$247896.55 million (Rs1596591.91crore) as against US $221823.46million (Rs1490544.21 crore) registering a positive growth of 11.75 per cent in Dollar terms and 7.11 per cent in Rupee terms over the same period last year.

Non-petroleum and Non Gems & Jewellery exports in January 2018 were valued at US$ 17523.24 million as against US$ 16607.36 million in January 2017, an increase of 5.51%. Non-petroleum and Non Gems and Jewellery exports during April-January 2017-18 were valued at US$ 181238.18 million as compared to US$ 161281.88 million for the corresponding period in 2016-17, an increase of 12.37%.

Imports during January 2018 were valued at US$ 40682.44 million (Rs258890.43 crore) which was 26.10 per cent higher in Dollar terms and 17.87 per cent higher in Rupee terms over the level of imports valued at US$ 32261.14 million (Rs. 219635.13 crore) in January 2017. Cumulative value of imports for the period April-January 2017-18 was US$ 379052.07million (Rs. 2441180.27 crore) as against US$ 310160.46 million (Rs. 2084786.99crore) registering a positive growth of 22.21 per cent in Dollar terms and 17.09per cent in Rupee terms over the same period last year.

Major commodity groups of import showing high growth in January 2018 over the corresponding month of last year are Petroleum, Crude & products (42.64%), Electronic goods (12.19%), Machinery, electrical & non-electrical (29.11%), Pearls, precious & Semi-precious stones (55.71%) and Coal, Coke & Briquettes, etc. (31.67%).