Friday, June 13, 2008

D&B Report Says Indian Exports to Non-U.S. Markets Increasing

D&B Report Says Indian Exports to Non-U.S. Markets Increasing
(Economic Times, India)

The trend of India's exports is shifting from the traditional U.S. market to the UAE, a Dun & Bradstreet report said.

The U.S. has traditionally been India's leading export destination and in FY 07 too, it accounted for as much as 14.9% of the total merchandise exports worth an estimated USD 18.9-billion, the report said.

Even though the U.S. share in India's merchandise exports dwindled from 20.7% in FY 03 to 14.9% in FY 07, in value terms it increased from USD 10.9-billion to USD 18.9-billion. "This was also an indication of India's growing preference for trading with other emerging markets by diversifying its product group and improving its quality, etc," the report said.

The UAE which is the second-largest export market, accounted for 9.5% of the country's total exports in FY 07, while in FY 03 it accounted for 6.3% only, the report said. The spurt in exports to the UAE can be largely attributed to a rise in exports of mineral fuels, mineral oils and products, which constituted almost 30.4% of total exports to the UAE, the report said. UAE is also an important market for re-export in the entire Middle East region and in 2005, its total re-export was as high as USD 26.4-billion, it said.

India's exports to China have also seen a rapid growth from just 3.7% in FY 03 to 6.6% in FY 07. India's export share to Singapore has gone up from around 2% in FY 01 to 4.8% in FY 07.

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