India’s exports touched $8.4 billion during the first week of July, rising almost 35% from the corresponding period in 2019-20 and 63% higher than a year ago, when business had been impacted due to the nationwide lockdown.
At the same time, imports touched $11.5 billion — 29% higher than the corresponding period in FY20 and 95% more than a year ago — according to latest data available with the government.
Export growth was led by petroleum products, which rose 65% on soaring global prices, while the value of engineering goods and inorganic chemicals shipped from the country went up by 50% and 36%, respectively. Some of the gains were offset by a fall in the export of leather & leather goods, which dropped 16%, and electronics goods (4% decline).
Shipments to China shot up along with those to the US and Indonesia. On the import front, the increase was driven by gold, whose shipments went up 365% over the FY20 level as well as crude petroleum (39%) and vegetable oil, which almost doubled, partly due to higher prices.
Source: Times of India