According to the official data, overseas shipments were $13.36 billion in Dec 2008.
Imports also turned around in Dec after 11 months, rising by 27.2 percent to $ 24.75 billion compared to $ 19.45 in Dec 2008.
Exports had turned positive in Nov 2009 after falling for 13 straight months due to impact of the financial crisis.
The shipments abroad had risen by 18.2 per cent to $13.19 billion in Nov 2009.
The trade deficit in Dec rose to $10.14 billion from $6 billion in Dec 2008.