India: Merchandise export growth ticks down in August, but remains upbeat
September 14, 2021
Merchandise export growth eased to 45.8% on an annual basis in August (July: +49.9% year-on-year). Meanwhile, merchandise imports increased 51.8% in annual terms in August (July: +63.0% yoy).
As a result, the merchandise trade balance deteriorated from the previous month, recording a USD 13.8 billion deficit in August (July 2021: USD 11.0 billion deficit; August 2020: USD 8.2 billion deficit). Lastly, the trend deteriorated, with the 12-month trailing merchandise trade balance recording a USD 133.4 billion deficit in August, compared to the USD 127.8 billion deficit in July.