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.
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.
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.
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.
Handcrafted home décor products from India are widely appreciated across the world, for example, solid and printed sheets, 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.
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.
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.
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.
Indian jewelry is famous world-over for its intricate designs and traditional cuts. Silver jewelry, cut and polished diamonds and gold jewelry 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 jewelry export trade for the year 2019-20203.
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.
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