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India”s gems and jewellery exports surge in March quarter

India”s gems and jewellery exports surge in March quarter. Gems and jewellery exports from India jumped by a staggering 78.22 per cent for the month of March 2021 due to a sharp increase in its demand to fill the pipeline and also a recovery in global consumer sentiment.

Data compiled by the apex industry body the Gems and Jewellery Exports Promotion Council (GJEPC) showed India’s overall gross exports of gems and jewellery at US$ 3424.94 million in March 2021 as compared to US$ 1921.79 million in the corresponding month last year.

Overall exports of gems and jewellery for the quarter ended March 2021 however reported a 12.73 per cent increase following a steep decline reported in previous quartets.

For the full financial year 2020-21, India’s gems and jewellery shipments witnessed an overall decline of 28.46 per cent to US$ 25.31 billion compared with US$ 35.37 billion posted in the fiscal year 2019-20. In the rupee term, the overall gross exports of gems and jewellery declined by 25.71 per cent to Rs 185952.34 crore from April 2020 to March 2021 as compared to Rs 250319.89 crore during the same period last year.

“The financial year 2020-21 was an exceptional year, yet the industry has shown resilience, adapted to the new normal and strived towards attaining recovery in exports in the second half of the year. Post witnessing a decline in the first three quarters, the gems and jewellery exports have witnessed a remarkable growth of 12.73 per cent in Q4. However, the year 2020-21 ends with a 28.46 per cent decline in overall gross exports of gems and jewellery It’s an achievement for the Indian gems and Jewellery industry, considering the scale and the magnitude of the Covid-19 pandemic globally,” said Colin Shah, Chairman, GJEPC.

Exports of cut and polished diamond (CPD) posted a decline of 12.13 per cent or the US $16401.30 million for April 2020 to March 2021 period from US$ 18664.53  million registered during April 2019 to March 2020. CPD exports in March 2021 however jumped by 123.55 per cent to US$ 2158.36 million as compared to US$ 965.48 million in March 2020. India’s gold jewellery exports from April 2020 to March 2021 (declined by 59.49 per cent to US $ 4822.74 million from US$ 11903.83 million April 2019 to March 2020.

Shah said, “While rough diamond import stabilised post opening up, the non-availability of duty-free gold to jewellery manufacturers have sharply impacted the plain gold jewellery exports leading to a decline of around 60 per cent. Improved International market demands  in the third quarter owing to a robust holiday season, stimulated manufacturing across all gem and jewellery product segments and overall gross exports.”

“The impact of Covid could have been severe, but I sincerely acknowledge the proactive support extended by the Central and State Govt. provided through timely relief measures and policy reforms that eased the impact of Covid-19 on the industry. GJEPC’s virtual trade shows played a significant role in the recovery of exports in 2020-21. Virtual trade shows and e-commerce will continue to be the business growth drivers in 2021-22.”

Meanwhile, the overall gross import of gems and jewellery from April 20 to March 2021 showed a decline of 32.36 per cent to US$ 16493.18 million from US$ 24382.46 million registered from April 19 to March 2020.

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