Mumbai: Stating that some green-shoots are emerging on the external front as reflected in the recent export numbers, the apex body of exporters Monday said it expects outward shipments to grow 20 percent in FY14.
"We are already seeing a recovery in the US, which is leading to better demand. Additionally, markets like Africa and Latin America are also witnessing demand growth," said Rafeeque Ahmed, President of Federation of Indian Export Organisations (Fieo).
He was talking to reporters here after meeting the RBI brass as part of the customary pre-policy meeting.
Ahmed said they urged RBI to increase the rupee-dollar swap facility of USD 6.5 billion to USD 25 billion and also sought an extension of this special scheme which allows banks to refinance their export credit positions.
"The USD 6.5-billion limit has already been exhausted and we want not only an extension in scheme for the one more year, but also a hike in the amount to USD 25 billion."
The RBI is scheduled to unveil the annual monetary policy on May 3. Also, the Commerce Ministry will unveil the annual foreign trade policy soon wherein it is widely expected that Government will offer some sops to boost exports.
In remarks contrary to widely-held beliefs, Ahmed said China is also a good opportunity for exporters as manufacturing costs are going up in that country.
Ahmed said exports in FY13 are expected to do below the previous year's record mark and may not reach the USD 300 billion level, but expressed the hope that the new fiscal will be better and outward shipments will grow by 15-20 percent.
The Fieo President pointed out the recent data showing a rise in exports in January-February and said the picture is set to get better in the new fiscal.
In January, exports made a marginal recovery and entered the positive zone after a gap of eight months, posting a growth of 0.82 percent. This was followed up with a better showing of 4.25 percent growth in February.