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Economy

Nov 2014 Sees Highest Trade Deficit in 18 months, on Heavy Gold Imports

India’s trade deficit for November shot up to $16.8 bn, the highest single month deficit since May 2013. (When the dollar was at 55, and in November it was 61+)

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What happened here? Exports grew 7% from last year but imports grew at a much faster pace at nearly 27%!

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And while oil imports fell (due to the collapse in crude oil prices) we saw non-oil exports hit the roof!

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(This is the highest non-oil import number, ever)

Mostly, the non-oil number is Gold – at $5.6 bn. This might be because some import restrictions were removed (but they were at the fag end of November, and honestly, they were useless restrictions.) The main restriction is the 10% import duty which does not seem to have deterred imports at all

The jump in imports is a significant one. That might explain why India has seen a sudden jump in the exchange rate, to Rs. 63.6. As foreign inflows turn volatile, the offset has to be lower imports, and apparently there is no such thing.

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