There Is A Need For A Policy To Help Increase India’s Share In Global Engineering Goods Pie: EEPC India

by Arun Kumar Das - Nov 26, 2021 03:24 PM +05:30 IST
There Is A Need For A Policy To Help Increase India’s Share In Global Engineering Goods Pie: EEPC IndiaGoods export (representative image) (GettyImages)
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  • EEPC Chairman said that the government must formulate policies that will help increase India’s presence in global high value exports.

All the 33 engineering goods categories including aircraft parts and ship boats and floating products recorded positive year-on-year growth in exports during October 2021 as outward shipments continued its double-digit growth run.

EEPC India analysis showed that exports rose to 23 out of 25 top export destinations during this period. Exports to three top destinations — the US, China and the UAE saw sharp increase in October on strong economic recovery and pent-up demand.

“The collective efforts by the exporting community have ensured high growth in the sector despite several challenges during pandemic times. Share of engineering goods to the total exports has also been rising over the years," Engineering Export Promotion Council (EEPC) India Chairman Mahesh Desai said.

“In the last decade, engineering export’s share in India’s total merchandise exports has increased significantly from around 17 per cent to 26 per cent. This growth is majorly attributed to constant upgradation of the value chain and exploration of new economies," he noted.

Exports of engineering goods to the US jumped 68.4 per cent year-on-year to $1.45 billion in October while shipments to China surged 165 per cent to $635.6 million.

Exports to the UAE went up 70 per cent to $467.5 million in October 2021 as compared to $275 million in the same month last year.

Engineering goods exports to Mexico and Malaysia fell in October by 12 per cent and 58 per cent respectively.

India’s engineering exports in October 2021 recorded 52.69 per cent growth over October 2020 with shipments of $9.4 billion as against $5.9 billion in October 2020. Exports in September 2021, however, were revised slightly downward.

Engineering exports in October 2021 was also higher by 46.6 per cent as compared to October 2019 when the economy was free of any pandemic effect.

Share of engineering in total merchandise export was 26.37 per cent in October 2021 as against 26.65 per cent in September 2021 and 27.68 per cent in August 2021. On a cumulative basis, the share was 27.36 per cent during the April-October period of FY 2021-22.

At $60.98 billion cumulative exports in April-October period of FY22, the engineering goods sector has achieved 57 per cent of the full year target of $107 billion in the first seven months.

"India’s major export content is still in the range of low to medium value. The government must bring out policies that encourage more value addition such that India’s presence in global high value exports increase," the EEPC Chairman said.

He urged the government to incentivise the industry for more efficiency and greater value addition in order to grab opportunities in the changed economic scenario in the post pandemic world.

The EEPC analysis showed iron and steel segment exports grew 159 per cent year-on-year to $1.93 billion in October. Air-conditioners and refrigerators recorded a 38 per cent year-on-year jump in this period.

The automobile panel comprising vehicles and auto components registered a 22.8 per cent increase in October to $1.44 billion.

Mexico, South Africa and Nepal were top three importers of India's automobiles during April-October 2021 with 11.67 per cent, 11.51 per cent and 5.93 per cent share in India’s global exports respectively over the same period last fiscal.

Aircraft and spacecraft parts and products segment exports grew 23 per cent year-on-year to $125 million in October. The US, France and UK were the top three importers of India's aircraft and spacecraft during April-October 2021 with around 33.33 per cent, 18.28 per cent and 9.35 per cent shares respectively in India's total global exports of the product.

Ship boats and floating products and parts exports were $133.5 million in October 2021 as compared to $46.1 million in the same month last year.

“Engineering exports are playing a very critical role in India’s journey to achieve $400 billion exports in the current fiscal," noted Desai.

Arun Kumar Das is a senior journalist covering railways. He can be contacted at akdas2005@gmail.com.


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