Commodities

Gems, jewellery exports set to cross $30 b

| Updated on: Feb 09, 2011
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The country’s gems and jewellery exports are likely to cross the targeted $30 billion during the current fiscal due to a healthy demand from the western markets like the US and Europe.

Exports are expected to rise 17.8 per cent to $33 billion in 2010-11, the Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) Chairman, Mr Rajiv Jain, told PTI.

The council had set up a target of $30 billion in 2010-11 against about $28 billion in the last fiscal.

“We were left with lots of stocks last fiscal as many buyers delayed the import plans, and some even cancelled the deals, due to the economic crisis. As the situation improved this fiscal, we could use those stocks for exports and cater to the rising demand easily,” he added.

The US and Europe contribute about 60 per cent to India’s gems and jewellery exports.

During April-December 2010-11, the country’s exports increased by 41 per cent to $27.5 billion compared to the same period last fiscal.

To reduce dependence on the West, Indian exporters are also exploring new markets such as South America and East Asia.

Published on February 10, 2011

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