The labour-intensive sector contributes about 15 per cent of the country’s overall exports.
“There has been a steady decline in exports as the demand has been going down following global economic slowdown and several restrictions in many countries to curb the spread of Covid-19 pandemic. However, we are seeing demand picking up in China, Europe and Australia,” GJEPC chairman Colin Shah told .
During April-June this fiscal, the exports dipped by 54.79 per cent to USD 2.75 billion as against USD 6.07 billion in the same period last year.
The decline in shipments is mainly due to negative growth in the export of gold jewellery, and coloured gemstones.
As per the data, gold jewellery exports during the first quarter of 2020-21 declined by 79 per cent to USD 321.24 million.
Similarly, outbound shipments of coloured gemstones contracted 80.56 per cent in the last fiscal.
But, exports of silver jewellery grew to USD 324.59 million during the period from USD 168 million in April-June 2019-20.
India’s main export destinations are the US, Europe, Japan and China. America accounts for about one-fourth of the country’s total gems and jewellery exports
During the quarter, imports of gems and jewellery declined by 74.81 per cent USD 915.14 million.
Import of rough diamonds during April-June 2020 too dipped by 82.7 per cent to USD 481.65 million.
The Newly-appointed GJEPC Chairman said he will focus on promoting ease of doing business for the sector as it would help in pushing manufacturing and exports both.