NEW DELHI: India's gold import witnessed a fall of about 24 per cent to $23.22 billion in April-February period of the last fiscal, which is expected to keep a lid on the current account deficit.
Total import of the precious metal in the corresponding period of 2015-16 stood at $30.71 billion.
According to industry experts, softening prices of gold in the domestic and world markets could be the reason for the same. The contraction in import helped in narrowing the trade deficit to $95.2 billion during the 11-month period of 2016-17 as against $114.3 billion in the same period of the previous fiscal. However, on a month-on-month basis, gold import jumped to $3.48 billion in February as against $1.4 billion in the same month last year, according to the Commerce Ministry data.
India is one of the largest gold importers in the world, and the imports mainly take care of demand from the jewellery industry.