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What to export from India: A guide for sellers

India is undoubtedly one of the leading exporters for various product categories in the world. But what are these top exports of India? Find out in this detailed blog.
What to Export from India
It's a proud moment indeed for any exporter to showcase their locally made products in the international markets. From apparel to home textiles, leather and herbal beauty products, there are a number of categories that exporters have continued to sell internationally and gain global presence.

While many businesses continue to take Indian products global, aspiring exporters have a common question: What to export from India? In this blog, we will look at the most exported products from India in 2020.

Growing exports from India

A major contributor to the country's growth is Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), which account for 40% of the country's exports1. In the last couple of years, customers worldwide have increasingly turned to shopping online. Owing to this, MSMEs also chanced upon the opportunity of export trade to increase their sales through ecommerce, which has become seamless than ever.

Among the many popular exports of India, Ayurveda and textiles continue to top the lists of exports. To assist sellers like you in understanding the export market, here’s a list of the top 10 exports of India in 2020.

Top 10 exports of India

Indian leather industry is quite popular in the world, and is also known for being among the top 10 foreign exchange earners for the country. As the second largest exporter of leather garments, sellers make the most of this demand by selling leather wallets, shoes, bags and journals, among others. Even though COVID-19 hurt this category, leather products are still one of India's most widely exported products.

Herbal products

With the awareness of herbal products and Ayurveda increasing across the world, the demand for these products have also seen a steep rise at 38% year-on-year growth. Medicinal plants, cosmetic and herbal-based beauty goods are the most exported products from India in this category. In order to promote the export of medicinal plants, the government has introduced subsidies by the National Medicinal Plants Board (NMPB) and has also set-up export promotion councils for this product category.
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Home décor

Handcrafted home décor products from India are widely appreciated across the world, for example, solid and printed bedsheets, kitchen linen, and handicrafts. A whole range of items are exported within handicrafts such as metal décor, wooden décor, etc.
Educational toys with a focus on specific subjects and streams like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) are another category in the major exports from India. Amazon sellers like PlayShifu and JackInTheBox Toys have been successful in gaining global customers and presence by selling on the Amazon international marketplaces.
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Apparel

India being a leading exporter of textiles, it is no surprise that apparel finds its place among the top 10 exports of India. Cotton, silk, and denim from India are popular abroad. Indian design talent and apparel has grown to find success across fashion centers globally.
With a year-on-year growth of 37.5%, home textiles is one of the largest product categories. Bedsheets, kitchen linens and handicrafts are some of the top products under this section.

Tea & Ayurveda

Did you know that India is the world's second-largest tea producer? With a year-on-year growth of 38%, tea and other consumables like ayurvedic supplements and spices account to a large amount of India’s exports.

Sports equipment

Among the major exported products from India, sports equipment certainly finds its place in the top 10 exports of India. India exports a wide range of sports equipment to the world, including inflatable balls and cricket equipment such as bats. Other exports include equipment related to cricket bats, athletics, hockey, boxing and carrom boards. The major export countries are US, UK, Germany and France2.

Fine & fashion jewellery

Indian jewellery is famous world-over for its intricate designs and traditional cuts. Silver jewellery, cut and polished diamonds and gold jewellery are some of the popular products under this category. According to the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, Hong Kong, UAE, Israel and USA are among the top countries in the jewellery export trade for the year 2019-20203.

Automotive accessories

Auto parts contribute quite a sizable portion to India's exports. India's auto parts like bearings, shafts, and fasteners are largely exported to customers in the US, Europe, and China.
Now that we've discussed the top 10 exports of India, let's look at an overview of countries with high demand for the most exported products from India.

How to export from India?

Whether you’re an existing offline exporter or an aspiring entrepreneur, starting an export business from India has now become easy and simple. Over 70,000 MSMEs have expanded their businesses internationally from the comfort of their homes. Wonder how?

Amazon Global Selling, an ecommerce exports program, provides support and assistance for sellers to take their Indian products to 200+ countries and territories.

With this list of the top 10 export from India, now sellers can get an idea about the best products for export from India and ideas. These ideas will help sellers to plan your exporting business better. This list of products has a good chance of offering huge margins as these products are locally and exported worldwide in the where it has huge demands and good returns.

Frequently Asked Questions

What should I export from India?
India is one of the top exporters in the world. From apparel, home textile, tea, spices to leather and toys - you can a range of products from India.
What does India export to the USA?
With India being one of the fastest growing economies in the world, the demand for products exported from India to USA has seen huge surge in recent times. Top exports from India to the USA include apparel, jewelry, tea, leather products and bedsheet exports.
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Sources:
1 https://www.livemint.com/news/india/msmes-the-growth-engines-of-the-indian-economy-11597923225239.html
2 https://gjepc.org/
3 http://sgmea.org/sports_goods_industry_of_india
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*Map not to scale. The map has been used for design and representational purpose only, it does not depict the geographical boundaries of the country. These do not conform to the external boundaries of India recognized by the Survey of India.

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