May exports recorded moderate growth of 3.93 per cent, in view of sluggish global trade: FIEO President


Hyderabad, Jun 14 (UNI) FIEO President Ganesh Kumar Gupta on Friday said that the moderate export growth of 3.93 per cent during May month is a reflection of extremely modest growth in global trade and increasing protectionism.

MSME sectors are still facing the problem of liquidity besides various other challenges including uncertainties owing to tariff war, volatility in commodities/currencies, rapid rise in trade restrictive measures and constraints on the domestic front, Mr Ganesh said in a statement here.

FIEO (Federation of Indian Export Organisations) Chief opined that due to US-China Trade war and developments in Iran, it has further aggravated the problem in the world economy. The uncertainty attached to it will also affect the flow of investment and add to currency volatility.

Only 17 out of 30 major product groups were in positive territory during May 2019 including electronic goods, organic and inorganic chemicals, drugs and pharma, RMG of all textiles, plastics and Linoleum, ceramic products and glassware, handicrafts, commodities besides a few plantation and agri products have shown positive growth during the month, he said.

FIEO Chief also expressed his concerns on the rising trade deficit primarily on account of swelling crude import bill with further northward movement of prices and ban on Iranian imports along with rising gold import.

Mr Ganesh said that domestic issues including access to credit, cost of credit especially for merchant exporters, interest equalisation support to all agri exports, benefits on sales to foreign tourists and exemption from IGST under Advance Authorization Scheme with retrospective effect should be seriously looked into.

Besides these, budgetary support for marketing and exports related infrastructure are some of the other key issues, which needs immediate attention of the government in the upcoming budget, he added.


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