India trade reports

The current slowdown witnessed in the last two quarters can be accredited to tight liquidity and working capital, weaker domestic consumption patterns and slower global growth. As the global economy continues to face challenges, and trade tensions between major economies ensue, many leading global importers have begun exploring trade alternatives to China. The USA has emerged as a strong trade partner with India showing growth in exports as well as imports. India boosted its 'Ease of Doing Business' in World Bank’s 2020 rankings. This provides a huge opportunity to entice multinationals and global investors to grow their trade with India."

Steve Felder, Managing Director - Maersk South Asia


  • The overall import and export trade growth remained flat during the July-September quarter of 2019
  • While imports into the country witnessed a subdued growth, the overall fiscal impact was nullified by an identical contraction in exports
  • Overall exports to Africa grew by 11% led by appliances & kitchenware, vehicles & seeds, beans and cereals & flour
  • Refrigerated cargo (reefer) exports from India to the Mediterranean region witnessed an increase, primarily fuelled by meat, fish and shellfish

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