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Russia Issues List Of Priority Consumer Goods For Indian Exporters

Updated: Oct 10, 2023 04:25:42pm

Russia Issues List Of Priority Consumer Goods For Indian Exporters

New Delhi, Oct 10 (KNN) The Indian Embassy in Moscow has shared with Indian exporters a priority sourcing list of consumer goods that Russia is keen on importing, reported BusinessLine.

This is yet another attempt to increase exports from India in the face of a whopping increase in Russian oil imports following imposition of Western sanctions last year against Moscow.


“Various export bodies in India have received communication from the Indian Embassy in Moscow sharing information on priority sourcing list of Grand Trade JSC, one of the leading suppliers in food and non-food consumer goods imported from across the world to Russian retailers. This would give exporters an idea of the items for which there is demand in the country,” a source tracking the matter told BusinessLine.

In 2022-23, India’s imports from Russia increased 368 per cent (year-on-year) to USD 46.2 billion, primarily due to an increase in oil purchase. Its exports in the same year were at USD 3.14 billion, down 3.3 per cent. Trade deficit was at USD 43 billion in 2022-23.

Despite Russia’s interest in importing more from India to partly use the rupee balance that has been piling up in the special vostro accounts that Russian banks have opened in India to circumvent West’s sanctions, the figures remain low.

“One of the reasons for India’s exports to Russia not increasing is the fact that Indian exporters are hesitant about exporting items such as electronics and machinery, for which there is a demand, fearing third country sanctions as they may also be dealing with advanced economies that have imposed sanctions on Russia,” an industry official said.

“The priority list of items shared by the Indian Embassy mostly includes goods that are unlikely to attract sanctions as food and pharmaceutical items are outside its ambit,” the source pointed out. The food items in the list include onion, grapes, bananas, spices, dried fruits and some other vegetables.  (KNN Bureau)


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