The past decade has seen remarkable growth in the trading relationship between India and Australia, with two-way trade in goods and services reaching $14.8 billion in financial year 2013-14. With the Australia-India Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement expected to be concluded in 2015, India’s youthful population, diversified economy and growth trajectory presents significant opportunity for Australian businesses, especially in agriculture, energy, manufacturing, mining and services.
Source: DFAT/Austrade * IMF/EIU forecast
In 2013-14, the value of Australian goods exported to India totalled $8.36 billion. Australia exported $2.01 billion in services to India in 2013-14, primarily in education.
Source: DFAT 2014
In 2013-14, goods imported to Australia from India totalled $2.86 billion. Furthermore, Australia imported $1.45 billion of Indian services in 2013-14.
Source: DFAT 2014
There are a variety of resources to help Australian businesses enter the Indian market, including:
In January this year NAB participated in Australia Business Week in India (ABWI), a week-long roadshow designed to boost trade and investment between the two countries.
ABWI 2015 was Australia’s largest ever trade mission to India with around 450 delegates across 14 focus sectors visiting eight key cities including Mumbai, Delhi, Chandigarh and Kolkata. Australia’s Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb says: “There’s something special going on in India. The enormous vision of Prime Minister [Narendra] Modi has excited many people. Australia is looking forward to being a part of this very important period in India’s re-emergence as a significant power.”
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