Exports of cut and polished diamonds from India were US$ 1.82 billion in August 2017, a decline of 6.5% as compared to the US$ 1.94 bn in the same month a year earlier, according to provisional data released by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC). Exports of gold jewellery (both studded and plain), during the month dropped by 5.25% to US$ 689.2 million from US$ 727.3 mn a year earlier.
Overall exports from the gem and jewellery sector during August 2017 stood at US$ 2.77 billion, a drop of 24.42% over the US$ 3.66 billion exported in the same month the previous year.
Rough imports during the month at US$ 975.4 million were down by 7.18% in value terms compared to US$ 1.05 billion imported during the previous August. In volume terms, 9.1 mn carats of rough were imported during the month, up 6.6% over the imports of 8.5 mn carats during August ‘16.
Imports of cut and polished diamonds dropped significantly to US$ 143.9 million in August 2017 from US$ 264.3 million a year earlier.
Exports of gold medallions and coins during the month dropped sharply to US$ 24.1 million as against US$ 448.1 million a year earlier. Exports of silver jewellery dropped to US$ 97.04 million in August 2017 as compared to US$ 368.76 million in the same month last year.
Coloured gemstone exports also dipped in August 2017 to US$ 26.2 million as compared to US$ 32.4 million exported a year earlier.
Overall gross exports from the gem and jewellery sector in India during the first five months of fiscal 2018 stood at US$ 16.54 billion, a decline of 5.41% as compared to the US$ 17.49 billion exported in the same period last year.
Exports of cut and polished diamonds in April-August 2017 were virtually flat at US$ 9.24 billion as compared to US$ 9.20 billion a year earlier.
During the fiscal year to date, import of rough diamonds rose to US$ 7.70 bn, an increase of 8.84% as compared to US$ 7.07 bn a year earlier. In volume terms, imports rose by 38.71% from 58.63 mn cts in April-August ’16 to 81.3 mn cts in the same period this year.
Exports of synthetic stones during April-August 2017 were US$ 81.37 mn, with synthetic diamonds (HS 71049010) accounting for US$ 54.69 mn (as compared to US$ 43.32 mn during the comparative period a year earlier). These were from Surat SEZ.
Exports of gold jewellery (both studded and plain) declined 25.5% to US$ 2.84 billion during the first five months of the current fiscal, as compared to exports of US$ 3.81 billion in the same period last year.
Exports of gold medallions & coins declined by 18.1% to US$ 1.6 billion in the five month period, while silver jewellery exports rose by 19.3% to US$ 2.01 billion largely on a substantial increase from the Hyderabad and Surat SEZs, and Coloured Gemstones exports displayed virtually flat growth at US$ 153.6 million in April-August ’17.
News Source: gjepc