"Global trade scenario is improving with positive development in the US, EU and emerging economies and in coming months exports should reflect these developments," FIEO president Rafeeque Ahmed said.
    
"We can cross USD 350 billion exports target this fiscal as manufacturing is expected to pick up," he added.
    
In July, exports growth slipped to 7.33 percent at USD 27.72 billion on annual basis, which was slower than previous months, while imports rose 4.25 percent to USD 39.95 billion.
    
Trade deficit marginally narrowed to USD 12.22 billion from USD 12.49 billion a year ago.
    
Ahmed said the 7.36 percent growth in exports in July was lower than the expected double digit growth.
    
"While engineering, chemicals and pharma, apparel, leather, marine continued to post better results in July as was in the earlier months, but gems and jewellery, electronics, cotton textiles continue to be cause of concern as their negative growth is pulling down overall exports growth," he said.

Country’s exports can surpass USD 350-billion target this fiscal, says FIEO
In July, exports growth slipped to 7.33 percent at USD 27.72 billion
Imports rose 4.25 percent to USD 39.95 billion
Trade deficit narrowed to USD 12.22 billion from USD 12.49 billion a year ago
In July, oil imports increased 12.75 percent to USD 14.35 billion, while non-oil imports were up by 0.03 percent to USD 25.6 billion
Gold imports were down 26.39 percent to USD 1.81 billion from USD 2.46 billion in the same month last year
Exports in May and June registered a growth of 12.4 percent and 10.22 percent respectively      
Trade deficit during April-July stood at USD 45.31 billion

In July, oil imports increased 12.75 percent to USD 14.35 billion, while non-oil imports were up by 0.03 percent to USD 25.6 billion.
    
Gold imports were down 26.39 per ent to USD 1.81 billion from USD 2.46 billion in the same month last year.
    
Exports in May and June registered a growth of 12.4 percent and 10.22 percent, respectively.
    
In the April-July period, exports grew 8.62 percent to USD 107.8 billion. Imports dipped 3.8 percent to USD 153.15 billion during the first four months of this financial year.
    
Trade deficit during the April-July stood at USD 45.31 billion.

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