Trade Deficit Rises To $24.29 Billion In May

India's May trade deficit widened to $24.29 billion from $6.53 billion a year ago

Trade Deficit Rises To $24.29 Billion In May

India's May trade deficit widened to $24.29 billion

NEW DELHI:

India's May trade deficit widened to $24.29 billion from $6.53 billion a year ago, a Government statement said on Wednesday.

May's trade deficit was pushed up by a surge in imports, which rose 62.83 per cent year-on-year to $63.22 billion, while exports rose 20.55 per cent to $38.94 billion, revised trade data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed.

The trade deficit during the first two months of this fiscal widened to $44.69 billion against $21.82 billion in the year-ago period.

Petroleum and crude oil imports during May 2022 surged 102.72 per cent to $19.2 billion.

Coal, coke and briquettes imports jumped to $5.5 billion against $2 billion in May 2021.

Gold imports increased to $6 billion during the month under review from $677 million in May 2021.

Engineering goods exports in May increased by 12.65 per cent to $9.7 billion, while petroleum products exports grew by 60.87 per cent to $8.54 billion.

Gems and jewellery exports stood at $3.22 billion in May compared to $2.96 billion in the same month last year.

Exports of chemicals rose 17.35 per cent to $2.5 billion in May.

Similarly, shipments of pharma and ready-made garments of all textiles grew by 10.28 per cent and 27.85 per cent to $2 billion and $1.41 billion, respectively.  Export sectors that recorded negative growth in May include iron ore, cashew, handicrafts, plastics, carpet and spices.

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