Exports slip 0.8% in December 2020; business deficit widens to $15.71 billion

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The country’s exports declined marginally by 0.8 per cent to USD 26.89 billion in December 2020, because of contraction in sectors like petroleum, leather and marine products, according to preliminary data released by the trade ministry on Saturday.


The business deficit in December widened to USD 15.71 billion, as imports grew by 7.6 per cent to USD 42.6 billion, the data showed.



Exports in December 2019 used to be USD 27.11 billion, while imports stood at USD 39.5 billion. In November 2020, the exports were down by 8.74 per cent.


In April-December 2020-21, the country’s merchandise exports contracted by 15.8 per cent to USD 200.55 billion, as in comparison to USD 238.27 billion in the same period of 2019-20.


Imports all the way through the nine months of the present fiscal declined by 29.08 per cent to USD 258.29 billion, as against USD 364.18 billion in April-December 2019-20.


“India is thus a net importer in December 2020, with a business deficit of USD 15.71 billion, as in comparison to a business deficit of USD 12.49 billion, widened by 25.78 per cent,” the ministry said in a commentary.


In December 2020, oil imports declined by 10.37 per cent to USD 9.61 billion. All through April-December this fiscal, the imports dipped by 44.46 per cent to USD 53.71 billion.

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