After the post on what India exports – I got a few emails on the import composition and here is a post on what India imports. This composition will probably not surprise many as most of the imports are oil and gold which have been written about quite extensively over the past few months.
The data for this comes from the Department of Commerce website, which has a great tool that can help you slice and dice this data in many different ways.
I took a list of the top 50 commodities that were imported in the April to September 2011 time period, but the chart is restricted to just the top 10 commodities because that’s the bulk of it and is a lot more readable.
Here is a chart that shows the break – up of the top 10 commodities that India imported in the April – September 2011 time period.
Here is the complete list of the top fifty imports.
Values in US$ Millions
|Rank||Commodity||Apr-SepÂ 2010||Apr-SepÂ 2011(P)||%Growth||%Share|
|1||PETROLEUM, CRUDE & PRODUCTS||49,829.17||73,733.58||47.97||31.50|
|4||MACHRY EXCPT ELEC & ELECTRONIC||11,411.93||14,873.98||30.34||6.35|
|5||PERLS PRCUS SEMIPRCS STONES||14,920.60||14,010.02||-6.10||5.98|
|6||COAL,COKE & BRIQUITTES ETC.||5,871.44||8,634.54||47.06||3.69|
|8||METALIFERS ORES & METAL SCRAP||4,458.45||6,413.72||43.86||2.74|
|9||IRON & STEEL||5,197.44||5,136.70||-1.17||2.19|
|11||VEGETABLE OILS FIXED (EDIBLE)||3,085.47||4,826.36||56.42||2.06|
|14||ARTFCL RESNS,PLSTC MATRLS,ETC.||3,507.80||3,558.64||1.45||1.52|
|19||PROFSNL INST,ETC EXCPT ELCTRNC||2,192.54||2,569.60||17.20||1.10|
|20||ELEC MACHRY EXCPT ELECTRONIC||1,814.25||2,348.85||29.47||1.00|
|21||CHEMICAL MATRL & PRODCTS||1,515.47||1,916.44||26.46||0.82|
|22||MANUFACTURES OF METALS||1,437.06||1,903.68||32.47||0.81|
|24||MEDICINAL & PHRMACUTICL PRODTS||1,244.54||1,361.15||9.37||0.58|
|25||WOOD AND WOOD PRODUCTS||840.84||1,192.52||41.83||0.51|
|26||NON-METLC MNRL MNFS EXCL PERLS||751.36||998.43||32.88||0.43|
|27||COMP.SOFTWARE IN PHYSICAL FORM||403.71||951.03||135.57||0.41|
|28||OTH TXT YRN,FABS,MADEUP ARTL||730.12||927.89||27.09||0.40|
|29||SYNTHC & RECLMD RUBBER||530.80||888.56||67.40||0.38|
|31||PAPER BOARD & MANUFACTURES||623.58||793.71||27.28||0.34|
|34||PULP AND WASTE PAPER||569.45||658.88||15.71||0.28|
|36||M-MADE FMNT/SPUN YRN(INC.WAS)||418.71||518.01||23.72||0.22|
|38||PRIMRY STEL,PIG IRON BASD ITMS||291.98||427.53||46.42||0.18|
|40||FRUITS & NUTS EXCL CASHEW NUTS||313.82||415.13||32.28||0.18|
|41||PRNTD BOOKS,NWSPAPRS,JRNLS ETC||294.76||396.70||34.58||0.17|
|42||OTHER CRUDE MINERALS||224.68||292.45||30.17||0.12|
|45||SULPHR & UNROSTD IRON PYRTS||107.46||235.91||119.52||0.10|
|47||ESSENTIAL OIL & COSMETIC PREPN||178.25||214.03||20.07||0.09|
|48||SYNTHETIC & REGENERATED FIBRES||98.09||163.24||66.43||0.07|
|50||COTTON YARN & FABRICS||134.92||140.04||3.80||0.06|
About one year ago I did a post on the countries from where India and US import their oil and that might be of interest to you as well.
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