NEW DELHI: India’s merchandise exports are likely to be around $470-480 billion in the current fiscal against $420 billion in 2021-22, Commerce Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam said on Tuesday.
The secretary also said the trade deficit, which crossed $100 billion in the first four months of the current fiscal, is not going to cross a “discomfort level”.
Talking to reporters, Subrahmanyam said the merchandise trade during 2022-23 will be $470-480 billion and the services sector is likely to contribute another 280 billion. “We are pretty much on track,” he said, adding the exact target for the fiscal may be announced later.
India’s overall exports (merchandise and services) touched an all-time high of $669.65 billion in April-March 2021-22, jumping by 34.50 per cent over the same period last year.
On trade deficit, the secretary said it is likely to moderate in the coming months because of softening of prices of oil and other commodities in the global market. “I think in totality we are not going to cross a discomfort level…We are looking at it very closely,” Subrahmanyam said.
The merchandise trade deficit in July 2022 was $31.02 billion, taking the gap between imports and exports to $100.01 billion in April-July 2022-23.
Meanwhile, Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal released a dossier on the restructuring of the Department of Commerce with a view to making it ‘future ready’ and put in place an ecosystem to achieve the USD 2 trillion export target by 2030.
The Secretary further said there is a huge opportunity for India as many western countries are planning to shift their operations from China. “The shift from China is huge,” he said, adding that many companies are looking to shift their manufacturing away from China and move to India.
Subrahmanyam said that Japanese clothing retailer Uniqlo wants to shift its plant to India from China and planning to invest $1 billion.
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