Exports fall to $21.51 bn in August, trade deficit narrows

 PTI   New Delhi     Last Updated: September 15, 2016  | 19:48 IST
Exports fall to $21.51 bn in August, trade deficit narrows

India's exports declined for the second consecutive month in August by 0.3 per cent to $21.51 billion due to dip in shipments of products like petroleum and leather.

The outward shipments stood at $21.58 billion in August 2015 . The country's imports too contracted by 14 per cent to $29.91 billion, leaving a trade deficit of $7.67 billion in the month under review.

The trade gap was narrowed in August this year from $12.4 billion in the same month last year, according to the data released by the commerce ministry.

The important export sectors which recorded negative growth in the month include petroleum (14 per cent), leather (7.82 per cent) and chemicals (5 per cent). Further dip in gold imports too helped in bridging the trade gap. The precious metal imports dipped by 77.45 per cent to $1.11 billion in August 2016.

Oil imports during the month fell by 8.47 per cent to $6.74 billion. Since December 2014, exports fell for the straight 18 months till May 2016 due to weak global demand and slide in oil prices. Shipments witnessed growth only in June this year thereafter again entered into negative zone in July.

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