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India’s Toy Exports Slip to $152.34 Million in 2023-24: GTRI Report

India’s toy exports experienced a slight decline to USD 152.34 million in the fiscal year 2023-24, with limited benefits from quality control measures. Despite efforts to bolster the domestic industry and ensure product safety, exports did not see significant improvement.

Declining Export Trends

Export figures dropped marginally from USD 153.89 million in the previous fiscal year to USD 152.34 million in 2023-24, as outlined by the Global Trade Research Initiative (GTRI). Despite a modest increase in exports from FY’2020 to FY’2022, the subsequent year witnessed a downturn.

Import Trends

Conversely, imports rose to USD 64.92 million in 2023-24 from USD 62.37 million in the preceding year, indicating a persistent challenge in balancing trade dynamics.

GTRI’s Recommendations

Comprehensive Industry Development Strategy

GTRI Founder Ajay Srivastava emphasized the necessity for a holistic approach to foster the growth of India’s toy industry and bolster exports.

Domestic Ecosystem Strengthening

Developing a robust domestic ecosystem is paramount, alongside measures to encourage renowned global toy brands to establish manufacturing facilities within India’s borders.

Learning from Chinese Model

Drawing insights from China’s success, India should invest in research and development to enhance innovation in toy design and functionality, thus enhancing global competitiveness.

Specialized Manufacturing Hubs

Establishing specialized toy manufacturing hubs can significantly reduce costs and enhance efficiency, contributing to the overall competitiveness of the sector.

Preservation of Cultural Heritage

Modernizing traditional Indian toys while preserving their cultural significance can yield unique products that appeal to both domestic and international markets.

Promotion and Marketing Initiatives

Supporting small and medium enterprises in leveraging digital marketing and participating in international fairs are essential steps to establish global connections and promote Indian toys.

Attraction of International Manufacturers

Encouraging international toy giants like Hasbro, Mattel, Lego, Spin Master, and MGA Entertainment to consider establishing production facilities in India can reshape the global toy production landscape.

Reducing Import Dependency

Developing local production capabilities for critical toy-making materials and components will decrease dependency on imports, thus enhancing the self-sufficiency of the Indian toy industry.

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