Automobile import up 77%; sensitive items import up 0.9%

Automobile import up 77%; sensitive items import up 0.9%

New Delhi, 3 October India’s import of automobiles went up by 77.3% and alcoholic beverages by 32.8% in rupee terms during April-July 2007-08.

The total import of sensitive items rose marginally by 0.9% during the period to 6,356 crore as compared to 6,301 crore during the corresponding period last year.

Automobile import increased to 350.52 crore from 197.75 crore, while that of alcoholic beverages rose to 41.78 crore from 31.45 crore, according to an official data released here today.

However, import of milk and milk products dropped significantly by 65.1% to 6.33 crore from 18.12 crore. Fruits and vegetables import declined by 13.7% to 994.69 crore from 1,152.22 crore.

Tea and coffee imports dropped by 17.4% and spices by 0.4%. There was a marginal increase in edible oil import by 0.1% while cotton and silk import increased by 13.2%. There was a dip in import of wheat flour, sugar and cigar as well.

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