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SME Times News Bureau | 28 Jun, 2018

Exporters' association FIEO has expressed concern over dismal growth in exports by micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and labour-intensive sectors in May.

FIEO President Ganesh Kumar Gupta said that the exports data for the second month of the fiscal though have shown a robust growth but MSME units particularly in labour-intensive sectors such as gems & jewellery, leather & leather products, RMG of all textiles, jute manufacturing including floor covering, carpets, handicrafts, agri products and many other sector of exports are either showing very modest growth or are into negative territory.

These sectors are still facing the liquidity crunch as banks and lending agencies have continuously been tightening their lending norms, as reflected in sharp reduction in exports credit, which does not augur well for their exports, he added.

India's exports rose by 20.18 per cent in May to $28.86 billion from $24.01 billion of merchandise shipped out during the corresponding month of last year, but trade deficit widened due to high oil prices.

Gupta, however said that a lot of cushioning this time around has been provided by the petroleum sector to exports, as it not only outperformed but had an over impressive growth of about 105%.

The FIEO Chief once again expressed his concern on the rising trade deficit, primarily on account of swelling of crude imports bill due to rising global oil prices, which would further add to inflationary conditions and also on the current account deficit front.

According to official figures, 23 out of 30 major product groups were in positive territory during May, 2018.

Besides petroleum, engineering, organic & inorganic chemicals, drugs & pharmaceuticals, cotton yarn/fabs/made-ups, electronic goods and plastic & linoleum etc. have also shown positive exports growth during the month.

Gupta said that domestic issues including access to credit, cost of credit especially for MSMEs should be seriously looked into as global challenges and increasing protectionism, has also added to the woes of the exporters.

He also said that uncertainties in exports due to increasing protectionism and sanctions on Iran and Russia is adding to our woes.

He requested the government to explore the possibility of trade in Indian rupees with the two countries.

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