US India bilateral trade increases by over 30 percent in 2010

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Lalit K Jha

Washington, Feb. 2 (PTI) The Indo-US bilateral trade isexpected to increase by more than 30 percent in the first 11months of 2010 to touch USD 50 billion.

The bilateral trade could even touch the magical figure ofUSD 50 billion when the statistics for December are available,officials said, adding this reflects the growing traderelationship between the two countries.

According to the latest figures made available bythe US Department of Commerce, between January to November2010, the total bilateral trade between India and the UnitedStates was USD 45,011 million.

This is in comparison to USD 34,416 million during thesame period in 2009; showing an increase of 30.79 percent.

The total bilateral trade in 2009 was 37,607 million(aboutUSD 37.61 billion), which was a a significant drop from USD43,386 million in 2008 mainly because of the downturn in theglobal economy.

In 2007, the total bilateral trade was USD 39,042 million.

The figures also reflected a greater increase in India�sexport to the US than American export to India; even thoughboth showed signs of increase.

Between January to November 2010,India�s export tothe US had stood at USD 27,398 million as against USD 19,381during the same period in 2009; thus showing an increase of41.36 percent.

Meanwhile, US exports of merchandise to India grew by 17.2percent from USD 15.03 billion during the period Jan- Nov 2009to USD 17.61 billion during the corresponding period in 2010.

Cut and polished diamonds and jewellery are a majoritem of India�s exports to the US, accounting for 21.5percent.

Exports of this item had declined from USD 5.6 billion in2008 to USD 4.6 billion in 2009.

Textiles exports to the US, which account for 23 percent,fell by 10.3 percent from USD 5.42 billion in 2008 to USD 4.86billion in 2009.

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