New Delhi: Christmas season has brought the
glitter back to Indian gems and jewellery units, with the
precious metals exports turning positive in September for the
first time after 11 months.
Gems and jewellery exports, which started melting from
October 2008 under the heat of recession in the West, have
registered a 2 percent increase in September this fiscal over
a year ago.
These exports increased to USD 2.56 billion for the month
under review, according to the data released by the Gems and
Jewellery Export Promotion Council.
Though the expansion is moderate, it has brought the
optimism back among the Indian exporting community ahead of
"Jewellery exporters are getting good number of orders as
there is a healthy demand from the Western markets,"
Federation of Indian Export Organisation President A Sakthivel
The proactive policy of the government giving sops to
exporters also helped the situation.
However, in terms of segment performance, exports of cut
and polished diamonds and coloured gemstones showed an
improvement 11 percent and 25 percent respectively.
But gold jewellery exports remained in the negative zone
with contraction of 16 percent.
The exporters believe that the positive trend would
continue as there are signs of recovery in various economies
resulting into improvement in the inventories.
The fall in the precious metals exports had started
showing signs of improvement from July onwards as the pace of
decline was much lower than a sharp fall witnessed in the
beginning of this fiscal.
The UAE is the largest destination for India`s gems and
jewellery accounting for 31 per cent of the total exports,
followed by Hong Kong 25 per cent and the US 20 per cent.