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Aims to reduce imports, the Ministry of Commerce shares the list of items with the ministries


The Ministry of Commerce shared a list of 102 products with high and steadily increasing imports, such as coking coal, some machinery, some chemicals and digital cameras, to different ministries to seek ways to improve their national capacity with the aim of reducing imports, an official said.

As part of an exercise to reduce the country’s import bill, the ministry has undertaken a detailed analysis of these 102 products to improve opportunities for domestic production of these items.

According to the analysis, imports of these goods either increased steadily or held high import shares in the long, medium and short term.

The cumulative share of these items is 57.66% in total imports during the period March-August 2021.

“These products have opportunities for domestic production,” the official said, adding that the trade ministry had suggested different product departments and ministries that show strong import growth and could be prioritized for immediate interventions to increase production. local.

Out of 102, 18 products have both high share and high import growth rates. These include gold, crude palm oil, integrated circuits, personal computers, urea, stainless steel scrap, refined copper, cameras, transmission machinery. voices and images, sunflower oil and phosphoric acid.

The main objective of identification is to reduce their dependence on imports, as their imports are steadily increasing and represent a significant share of the value of imports.

“As the data indicated that these items were consistently requested for import at all times, it is the supply rigidities in the domestic economy that need to be corrected,” the official added.

Ministries and departments with which the list has been shared include industry, IT and electronics, mining, heavy industry, pharmaceuticals, steel, petroleum and natural gas, fertilizers, telecommunications, shipping, food processing and textiles.

India’s merchandise imports in April-October 2021 amounted to USD 331.29 billion, an increase of 78.71% from USD 185.38 billion in April-October 2020 and USD 286.07 billion in April-October 2019, according to preliminary government data.

(This story was not edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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