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Exports to grow by 6.3% to $ 326 billion this fiscal

Date 20-February-2014
Subject Exports to grow by 6.3% to $ 326 billion this fiscal

Mumbai : India's exports are expected to grow by 6.3% to $326 billion during the current fiscal, Finance Minister P Chidambaram said.

"He added that the year will end with estimated merchandise exports of $326 billion, indicating a growth rate of 6.3%," he said in the interim Budget speech .

India's merchandise exports was at $300.4 billion in 2012-13, a decline of 1.8% over the previous year. "However, imports are down and this does not augur well for either manufacturing or domestic trade. Our aim must be robust growth in both exports and imports, with trade in balance over a period of time," Chidambaram added.

Further, he said exports have recovered sharply and the recovery must be seen in the context of growth of global trade declining from 6.1% in 2011 to 2.7% in 2013.

The country's apex exporters body Federation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said that support extended by the minister for research and development activities and reduction of duties on capital goods will help in increasing competitiveness of Indian products in the global market.

"The Budget is not very exciting for exporters but the support for R&D activities and reduction of duties on capital goods will help in boosting competitiveness of our products," FIEO President Rafeeq Ahmed said.

However, he expressed doubt over touching the overall exports figure of USD 326 billion for the current fiscal.

"If the government will revise the export figures by about USD 8-10 billion then USD 326 billion is not difficult, otherwise it will be difficult, because to touch that figure we need about USD 30-35 billion each in the remaining two months," Ahmed said.

During April-January this fiscal, exports grew by 5.71% to $257 billion, while imports dipped by 7.81% to $377 billion. The trade deficit was about $119 billion.

India's exports increased 3.79% to $26.75 billion in January, helping the trade deficit to narrow to $9.92 billion.

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