deficit shot up three times in June compared to the corresponding period last
year. The deficit, difference between country’s imports and exports rose to a
record high of 25.6 billion US dollars as against 9.61 billion US dollars in
June 2021 an analysis of the commerce department data released on July fourth.
The spike was primarily driven by the import
cost of petroleum, coal and gold and slower exports.
India's merchandise exports in June rose 16.8
per cent year-on-year to 37.9 billion US dollars, which is lower than the 20.5
per cent registered in May according to the data. Imports, however, jumped 51
per cent to 63.58 billion US dollars.
The primary reason for the widening
of the trade deficit was the higher import value of crude and petroleum
products, coal, coke and electronic goods, among others. The total value of Petroleum
products and crude imported in June this year stood at 20.73 billion US dollars
compared to 10.67 billion US dollars in June 2021. Coal and coke imports this
June stood at 6.41 billion US dollars compared to 1.87 billion US dollars in
June 2021. This was followed by electronic goods (5.83 billion US dollars
compared with 4.6 billion US dollars a year ago),
The Current Account Deficit is expected to grow to three per
cent of GDP this fiscal, with imports
becoming costlier owing to higher commodity prices, while exports face slowing