According to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, exports during August on year-on-year (YoY) basis exhibited a growth of 10.29 per cent to $23.81 billion from $21.59 billion reported for the corresponding month of last year.
“In continuation with the positive growth exhibited by exports for the last twelve months, exports during August, 2017 have shown growth of 10.29 per cent in dollar terms valued at $23,818.83 million as compared to $21,597.09 million during August, 2016,” the ministry said in a statement.
“During August, 2017, major commodity groups of export showing positive growth over the corresponding month of last year are engineering goods (19.53 per cent), petroleum products (36.56 per cent), organic and inorganic chemicals (32.41 per cent), drugs and pharmaceuticals (4.21 per cent), and RMG of all textiles (0.56 per cent).”
However, the country’s imports during the month under review also increased by 21.02 per cent to $35.46 billion from $29.30 billion.
“Major commodity group of imports showing high growth in August, 2017 over the corresponding month of last year are petroleum, crude and products (14.22), electronic goods (27.44), machinery, electrical and non-electrical (18.35), gold (68.90) and pearls, precious and semi-precious stones (30.88),” the statement said.
Segment-wise, the data showed that India’s oil imports during August increased by 14.22 per cent to $7.75 billion, from $6.78 billion in the same month last year.
“The global Brent prices ($/bbl) have increased by 11.34 per cent in August, 2017 vis-à-vis August, 2016 as per World Bank commodity price data,” the statement added.
The non-oil imports during August, 2017 were estimated at $27.70 billion which was 23.07 per cent higher from $22.51 billion shipped in during the corresponding month of 2016.
Consequently, the trade deficit during the month under review widened to $11.64 billion from $7.44 billion reported for August 2016.
Further, the ministry disclosed that the services exports data provided by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for July 2017 was estimated at $13.17 billion, and the services trade deficit at $5.84 billion.