Increased import of Chinese goods hurts Indian MSMEs

In eight major MSME-centric product groups, imports from China grew the fastest

Increased import of Chinese goods into India is impacting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs), according to the ministry of micro, small and medium enterprises. In eight major product categories that are predominantly manufactured by MSMEs, imports from China grew faster than their respective imports from all countries in the four years from 2008-09 to 2011-12.

The ministry’s finding is based on data compiled by the Directorate General of Commercial Intelligence & Statistics (DGCIS). The eight product groups include electrical and electronics, mechanical and metallurgical products, chemicals, glass and ceramics-based products. These accounted for 54 per cent of India’s total imports from China in 2011-12.

Considering that there are a large number of MSMEs present in these sectors, a significant proportion of Indian MSMEs are facing greater competition from China compared to the rest…

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