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India’s Trade Deficit Narrows

India’s Trade Deficit NarrowsIndia’s Trade Deficit Narrows

India’s trade deficit narrowed to $7.75 billion in July 2016, helped by a 19.03% fall in monthly imports. Trade deficit for April-July 2016-17 is estimated at $27 billion against a deficit of $45.98 billion during April-July 2015-16.

This has been facilitated by a near halving of gold imports to $1.08 billion and a 28% fall in the value of oil imports to $6.82 billion—the two major high-value items in the country’s import basket—in July this year, Domain-b reported.

Merchandise exports of the country stood at $21.70 billion (Rs145,770.39 crore) in July 2016, down 6.84% in dollar terms and 1.61% lower in rupee terms compared to the level of $23.28 billion in July 2015.

Cumulative value of exports for April-July 2016-17 stood at $87 billion, down 3.62% in dollar terms and a positive growth of 1.63% in rupee terms against $90.27 billion in the same period last year.

Non-petroleum exports in July 2016 were down 4.46% at $19.19 billion against $20.09 billion in July 2015. Non-petroleum exports during April-July 2016 were 1.12% lower at $77.90 billion against $78.78 billion during the corresponding period in 2015.

Imports during July 2016 were valued at $29.45 billion, which was 19.03% lower in dollar terms and 14.48% lower in rupee terms compared to imports valued at $36.37 billion in July 2015.

Cumulative value of imports for the period April-July 2016-17 stood at $114 billion against $136.25 billion in April-July 2015-16, registering a negative growth of 16.33% in dollar terms and an 11.75% fall in rupee terms over the same period last year.

Gold imports, which till recently was a matter of concern for the government, more than halved to $1.08 billion in July 2016.

Oil imports during July 2016 were valued at $6.82 billion, down 28.10% from oil imports valued at $9.49 billion in the corresponding period last year. Oil imports during April-July 2016-17 stood at $25.67 billion, down 25.01% from oil imports of $34.23 billion in the corresponding period last year.

Non-oil imports during July 2016 were estimated at $22.63 billion, which was 15.83% lower than non-oil imports worth $26.89 billion in July 2015. Non-oil imports during April-July 2016-17 stood at $88.33 billion, down 13.42% from such imports valued at $102.03 billion in April-July 2015-16.

Net export of services during April-June at $16.2 billion was marginally lower than $16.49 billion recorded in the corresponding period last year. Taking merchandise and services together, overall trade deficit for April-July is estimated at $10.8 billion, which is 63.38% lower from $29.5 billion year-on-year.

Financialtribune.com