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Ministry of Commerce & Industry
14-November-2017 17:49 IST
INDIA’S FOREIGN TRADE: October 2017

I. MERCHANDISE TRADE

EXPORTS (including re-exports)

            Exports during October 2017are valued at US$ 23098.18 million as compared to US$ 23360.61million during October,2016, a decline of 1.12 percent in dollar terms.However, during April-October 2017-18 exports have exhibited a positive growth of 9.62 per cent in Dollar terms. In Rupee terms, duringOctober 2017 exports were valued at Rs.150325.95 crore as compared to Rs.155926.73 crore during October,2016, registering a decline of 3.59per cent.  

            During October 2017, Major commodity groups of export showing positive growth over the corresponding month of last year areEngineering Goods(11.77%), Petroleum Products(14.74%), Organic & Inorganic Chemicals(22.29%), Cotton Yarn/Fabs./made-ups, Handloom Products etc. (4.83%),Marine Products (8.52%) and Plastic & Linoleum (24.46%) .

            Cumulative value of exports for the period April-October 2017-18 was US$170286.55 million (Rs1097858.68 crore) as against US $155344.40 million (Rs1039297.59 crore) registering a positive growth of 9.62per cent in Dollar terms and 5.63per cent in Rupee terms over the same period last year.

            Non-petroleum and Non Gems &Jewellery exports in October 2017 were valued at US$ 16604.63 million as against US$ 16202.27 million in October 2016, an increase of 2.48%. Non-petroleum and Non Gems and Jewellery exports during April -October 2017-18 were valued at US$ 124281.02 million as compared to US$ 111556.32 million for the corresponding period in 2016-17, an increase of 11.41%.

IMPORTS

            Imports during October 2017 were valued at US$ 37117.01 million (Rs241562.31 crore) which was 7.60per cent higher in Dollar terms and 4.91per cent higher in Rupee terms over the level of imports valued at US$ 34495.09 million (Rs. 230246.81 crore) in October, 2016. Cumulative value of imports for the period April-October 2017-18 was US$ 256434.21 million (Rs. 1653435.01 crore) as against US$ 209834.98 million (Rs. 1403911.51 crore) registering a positive growth of 22.21per cent in Dollar terms and 17.77per cent in Rupee terms over the same period last year.

 

            Major commodity groups of import showing high growth inOctober 2017 over the corresponding month of last year are Petroleum, Crude & products(27.89%),Electronic goods(7.04%),Machinery, electrical & non-electrical(17.43%), Coal, Coke & Briquettes, etc.(66.28%) andOrganic & Inorganic Chemicals (30.49%).

CRUDE OIL AND NON-OIL IMPORTS:

            Oil imports during October, 2017 were valued at US$ 9286.74 million which was 27.89percent higher than oil imports valued at US$ 7261.23million in October 2016.Oil imports during April-October, 2017-18 were valued at US$ 56252.00million which was 20.23per cent higher than the oil imports of US$ 46788.46million in the corresponding period last year.

            In this connection it is mentioned that the global Brent prices ($/bbl) have increased by 15.87% in October 2017 vis-à-vis October 2016 as per World Bank commodity price data (The pink sheet).

            Non-oil imports during October, 2017 were estimated at US$ 27830.27 million which was 2.19per cent higher than non-oil imports of US$ 27233.86 million in October, 2016. Non-oil imports during April-October 2017-18 were valued at US$ 200182.20 million which was 22.78per cent higher than the level of such imports valued at US$ 163046.52 million in April-October, 2016-17.

II. TRADE IN SERVICES (for September, 2017, as per the RBI Press Release dated 13th November, 2017)

EXPORTS (Receipts)

            Exports during September2017 were valued at US$ 13,732 million (Rs. 88490.24 Crore) registering apositive growth of 0.23per cent in dollar terms as compared to positive growth of 3.97per cent during August2017 (as per RBI’s Press Release for the respective months).

IMPORTS (Payments)

            Imports during September2017 were valued at US$ 8,450 million (Rs. 54452.56 Crore) registering a negativegrowth of 2.40 per cent in dollar terms as compared to positive growth of 18.05per cent during August2017 (as per RBI’s Press Release for the respective months).

III.TRADE BALANCE

MERCHANDISE: The trade deficit for October 2017 was estimated at US$ 14018.83 millionas against the deficit of US$ 11134.48 million during October2016.

SERVICES: As per RBI’s Press Release dated 13th November 2017, the trade balance in Services (i.e. net export of Services) for September, 2017 was estimated at US$ 5,282 million.

OVERALL TRADE BALANCE:Taking merchandise and services together, overall trade deficit for April-October 2017-18 is estimated at US$ 52550.66million as compared to US$ 22132.58million during April-October 2016-17. (Services data pertains to April-September2017-18 as September2017 is the latest data available as per RBI’s Press Release dated 13th November2017)

 

MERCHANDISE TRADE

 

 

EXPORTS & IMPORTS  : (US $ Million)

(PROVISIONAL)

 

 

 

OCTOBER

APRIL-OCTOBER

EXPORTS(including re-exports)

2016-17

23360.61

155344.40

2017-18

23098.18

170286.55

%Growth 2017-18/ 2016-17

-1.12

9.62

IMPORTS

2016-17

34495.09

209834.98

2017-18

37117.01

256434.21

%Growth 2017-18/ 2016-17

7.60

22.21

TRADE BALANCE

2016-17

-11134.48

-54490.58

2017-18

-14018.83

-86147.66

 

 

 

EXPORTS &IMPORTS: (Rs. Crore)

 

(PROVISIONAL)

 

 

OCTOBER

APRIL-OCTOBER

EXPORTS(including re-exports)

 

 

2016-17

155926.73

1039297.59

2017-18

150325.95

1097858.68

%Growth 2017-18/ 2016-17

-3.59

5.63

IMPORTS

2016-17

230246.81

1403911.51

2017-18

241562.31

1653435.01

%Growth 2017-18/ 2016-17

4.91

17.77

TRADE BALANCE

2016-17

-74320.08

-364613.92

2017-18

-91236.36

-555576.33

 

 

SERVICES TRADE

 

EXPORTS & IMPORTS (SERVICES) : (US $ Million)

(Provisional)

September2017

EXPORTS (Receipts)

13732

IMPORTS (Payments)

8450

TRADE BALANCE

5282

EXPORTS & IMPORTS (SERVICES): (Rs. Crore)

(Provisional)

September2017

EXPORTS (Receipts)

88490.24

IMPORTS (Payments)

54452.56

TRADE BALANCE

34037.68

Source: RBI Press Release dated 13th November,2017

 

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