Exports of gems and jewellery grew 9.5 per cent to about $ 29 billion during April-January 2016-17, driven largely by demand in India’s major markets like the US. In April-January period of the previous fiscal, exports from the sector stood at $ 26.5 billion, according to the data from Gems and Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). Gems and jewellery contribute about 14 per cent to the country’s overall exports.
The rise in exports during the ten-month period of the last fiscal was mainly supported by cut and polished diamond. It rose to $ 18.5 billion during the period as compared to $ 16.5 billion a year ago. Exports of silver jewellery grew by 20 per cent to $ 2.94 billion during the period of last fiscal. An official said that the overall exports of the country has started registering positive growth and the main contributors include gems and jewellery shipments.
Shipments of gold jewellery, however, contracted to $ 3 billion during the period under review from $ 3.13 billion a year ago. Exports of gold medallion and coins too dipped to $ 4.32 billion in April-January 2016-17. According to the GJEPC data, imports of rough diamonds rose by 26 per cent to about $ 14 billion in April-January 2017. Imports of gold bars too grew to $ 3.67 billion.