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India’s overall exports in May 2023 stands at US$ 60.29 Billion

India’s overall exports in May 2023 stood at US$60.29 billion, comprising both merchandise and services. While there was a decline in exports compared to the same period last year, several sectors demonstrated positive growth. The trade deficit for April-May 2023 also improved significantly, indicating a positive trend in India’s trade performance.

This article examines India’s trade figures for May 2023 and analyzes the trends in merchandise and services trade.

India's overall exports in May 2023 stands at US$ 60.29 Billion_40.1
India’s overall exports in May 2023 stands at US$ 60.29 Billion

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  1. Overall Trade Performance: India’s overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) in May 2023 were estimated to be USD 60.29 billion, showing a negative growth of (-) 5.99 percent compared to May 2022. Similarly, overall imports in May 2023 amounted to USD 70.64 billion, reflecting a negative growth of (-) 7.45 percent compared to the previous year.

  2. Merchandise Trade: a) Merchandise Exports: In May 2023, India’s merchandise exports amounted to USD 34.98 billion, indicating a decline from USD 39.00 billion in May 2022. b) Merchandise Imports: The imports of merchandise goods in May 2023 stood at USD 57.10 billion, lower than the USD 61.13 billion recorded in May 2022.

  3. Key Sectors with Positive Growth: Thirteen out of thirty important sectors witnessed positive growth in May 2023 compared to May 2022. These sectors include Electronic Goods (73.96%), Other Cereals (67.96%), Oil Meals (52.91%), Spices (49.84%), Iron Ore (48.26%), and more. Enabling policies, such as duty withdrawal on Iron Ore and investment promotion in electronics and pharmaceuticals, contributed to the growth of these sectors.
  4. Services Trade: a) Services Exports: India’s services exports in May 2023 were estimated at USD 25.30 billion, showing a slight increase compared to USD 25.13 billion in May 2022. b) Services Imports: The services imports in May 2023 amounted to USD 13.53 billion, indicating a decrease from USD 15.20 billion in May 2022.
  5. April-May 2023 Performance: Examining the trade figures for April-May 2023, the overall exports (Merchandise and Services combined) exhibited a negative growth of (-) 5.48 percent compared to the same period in 2022. Meanwhile, overall imports during April-May 2023 showed a negative growth of (-) 9.63 percent compared to April-May 2022.
  6. Merchandise Trade Deficit: a) April-May 2023: The merchandise trade deficit during April-May 2023 was USD 37.26 billion, reflecting a decline of (-) 7.95 percent compared to April-May 2022. b) April-May 2022: In comparison, the merchandise trade deficit during April-May 2022 was USD 40.48 billion.
  7. Services Trade Surplus: a) April-May 2023: The services trade surplus for April-May 2023 was estimated at USD 23.98 billion, representing an increase from USD 19.92 billion in April-May 2022. b) April-May 2022: In contrast, the services trade surplus during April-May 2022 stood at USD 19.92 billion.
  8. Agricultural Exports: a. Robust Performance: Agricultural exports showcased promising growth, with Spices growing by 31.81% and Rice exports increasing by 19% during April-May 2023 compared to the same period in the previous year. This solid performance reflects the strength of India’s agricultural sector.
  9. Trade Deficit: a. Shrinking Deficit: India’s trade deficit showed considerable improvement during April-May 2023. The overall trade deficit was estimated at US$13.28 billion, a decline of (-) 35.41% compared to the same period in the previous year. The merchandise trade deficit stood at US$37.26 billion, registering a decline of (-) 7.95%. These improvements in the trade deficit indicate a positive trend in India’s trade performance.

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