Merchandise exports are expected to touch $300 billion in the current fiscal year ending this month compared with $275.8 billion, mainly driven by a rise in commodity prices and strong demand in the US and Europe.
February merchandise exports were $25.8 billion while imports were $37.8 billion, Rita Teaotia, a top trade ministry official, told reporters on Thursday.
In the first 11 months of the fiscal year merchandise exports were up 11 per cent to $273.7 billion from a year ago while imports rose 21 per cent to $416.9 billion, she said.
Delhi is worried that its exports could be hit in the coming months by Trump's decision to impose tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is hosting a mini-ministerial meeting of members of the World Trade Organization next week expected to discuss the impact of Trump's decision.
The trade secretary said the country is disappointed by US's decision as it is against WTO rules.
Teaotia said the government would engage with Washington to address its concerns, though the country believed that under the current WTO rules it could get exemptions for eight years.
"India and the US are friendly countries and we do not consider it as the beginning of a trade war," she said.
Some exporters said it was unclear whether under the current WTO rules India could get exemption on the payment of export subsidies the US estimates at $7 billion per year.
"India's exports could face a serious problem if the issue of export subsidies is not settled," said Ajay Sahai, director general of Federation of Indian Export Organizations.
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