Initial Estimates Show Pharma Exports Grew 5.8% In May


New Delhi : Exports of pharmaceutical products from India during the month of May has witnessed a 5.8 per cent growth at $1.98 billion as compared to $1.87 billion during the same period last year, according to initial estimates.

The commodity remained at fifth position in terms of top commodities exported in terms of value, for the month, with 5.32 per cent of the total value of exports coming from the sector, as per the initial estimates from the ministry of commerce and industry.

For the first two months of the new fiscal year, the exports of drugs and pharmaceuticals reported a growth of 7.50 per cent. The exports crossed $4 billion during April and May, as compared to $3.77 billion registered during the same period of last year.

The growth in May comes as India’s merchandise import in May 2022 was US$ 60.62 billion, an increase of 56.14% over US$ 38.83 billion in May 2021. Value of non-petroleum imports was US$ 42.48 billion in May 2022 with a positive growth of 44.7% over non-petroleum imports of US$ 29.36 billion in May 2021.

Exports of drugs and pharmaceuticals for the month of April, 2022, witnessed a growth of 9.49 per cent at $2.07 billion as compared to $1.9 billion during the same month of last year.

When compared to the exports during March, the April exports showed a significant growth.

Exports during the month of March, 2022, reported a 4.2 per cent growth to $2.39 billion as compared to $2.29 billion in the same period of previous fiscal year.

The exports of drugs and pharmaceuticals during the fiscal year 2021-22 witnessed a growth of 0.66 per cent at $24.6 billion as compared to $24.44 billion during the previous fiscal year, according to the preliminary estimates of the department of commerce.

The government was targeting an export of $29 billion during the fiscal, but the market conditions were not in tune to support that growth, said experts.

The Central government has recently said that the Indian pharma exports witnessed a growth of 103 per cent since 2013-14, from Rs. 90, 415 crore in 2013-14 to Rs. 1,83,422 crore in 2021-22. The exports achieved in 2021-22 is the pharma sector’ best export performance ever, it claimed. The exports grew by almost $ 10 billion in eight years.

The ministry said that the pharma exports in 2021-22 sustained a positive growth despite the global trade disruptions and drop in demand for Covid related medicines. The trade balance continues to be in India’s favour, with a surplus of $15.18 billion.


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