Trade

This page is for information purpose only. Interested exporters may contact APEDA – Agricultural & Processed Food Products Export Development Authority at apeda.gov.in


India’s overall exports, covering merchandise and services, were reported at US$493.19 billion during the financial year 2020-21 (down 6.66 per cent y-o-y). Overall imports during the period were recorded at US$505.94 billion (down 16.53 per cent y-o-y). The decline in both exports and imports, due to the global impact of COVID-19 pandemic, had started in February and March 2020 and the downward trend has continued throughout the year 2020-21, not just for India, but globally.

According to a Ministry of Commerce & Industry press release, the Indian economy has shown significant resilience amidst the global pandemic and trade shock that began to impact the global economy towards the end of 2019-20 and acquired catastrophic proportions in 2020-21. The overall trade performance for the year 2020-21 reflects a remarkable recovery over the course of the financial year after the huge downturn in April 2020 reflected in decline in merchandise exports by (-) 60.28% and services exports by (-) 8.92 %.

On the back of India’s growing capabilities in manufacturing, technology, manpower and R&D and services capabilities, which helped tackle international trade uncertainties and cyclical economic downturn in the past, India has been one of the first countries to bounce back. With constant expansion in capacity and skills, India’s export market – merchandise as well as services – has been expanding into new geographies, by pursuing geography-specific and product-specific strategies to increase market share.

In a nationally televised address on May 12, 2020, the Prime Minister called for turning the pandemic crisis into an opportunity to build a self-reliant India (Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan). The Government announced a stimulus package of Rs.21 trillion (US$280 billion), amounting to about 10 per cent of India’s GDP, to revive and strengthen the economy.This was followed by second and third stimulus packages announced in October and November 2020 respectively, taking the total value of stimulus measures to Rs. 29.87 trillion.

The implementation of Atmanirbhar Bharat package and calibrated unlocking of the economy have ensured that economic recovery in India has gained momentum  and the adverse impact on foreign trade has been minimised.

Further,  in March 2021, Indian merchandise exports crossed US$ 34 billion for the first time ever in a month. India’s merchandise exports in March 2021 were US$ 34.45 billion as compared to US$ 21.49 billion in March 2020, an increase of 60.29%.

As on 11 June, 2021, India’s total foreign exchange reserves stood at US$ 608.081 billion. Link

Foreign Trade Overview

India exported goods and services worth US$528.5 billion in FY 2019-20

Learn More

Foreign Trade Policy

The Foreign Trade Policy 2015-20 has been extended till end March 2021

Learn More

Self-reliant India Programme

A self-reliant India would follow the motto of ‘Build local to go global’

Learn More

Trade Agreements

Since 2014, India has joined and established key global partnerships

Learn More

India's Twinning Agreements

An efficient tool to bolster cultural, diplomatic and commercial ties

Learn More

Export Incentives

India has been building an ecosystem to aid sustainable export activities

Learn More

Guide to Exporting

Here’s a guide, the A to Z of how to set up an export business in India

Learn More

How IndBiz Can Help

IndBiz aims to help global traders and investors to connect with India

Learn More

FAQS

Solutions to your immediate queries related to international trade with India

Learn More

News

Events