During FY 2013 to FY 2017, major product categories exported (value-wise) through ICDs were (i) Textiles and textile products (24 per cent), (ii) Chemicals, Fertilizers, Medicines, Soaps, Cosmetics, etc. (12.5 per cent) (iii) Mechanical and electrical equipment and their parts (12.3 per cent), (iv) Base metals like Iron, Copper, Nickel, etc. and their products (12.1 per cent) (v) Cereals, Spices, Fruits, Tea, Coffee, etc. (10.1 per cent), (vi) Automobiles, Aircraft, Ships, Boats, Locomotives, etc. (7 per cent). Textiles and Textile products have been the highest exported product category throughout the five-year period 2012-2017. The export value of this product category more than doubled from ₹ 37,601 crore in FY 2013 to ₹ 77,691 crore in FY 2017, the increase in their share of total exports through ICDs being from 19.7 per cent to 29.3 per cent. On the other hand, the product category ‘Cereals, Spices, Fruits, Tea, Coffee, etc.’, which was the second largest product category in FY 2013 and FY 2014, became the fifth largest product category in FY 2015 and slipped further to sixth position in FY 2016 and FY 2017. The export value of this product category decreased from ₹ 31,252 crore to ₹ 16,620 crore during this five-year period.
Source: ICD transaction data from 2012-13 to 2016-17 for 80 functional ICDs received from DG (Systems)
(The year-wise commodity profile of exports through individual ICDs can be seen in the interactive graph by selecting a particular ICD port code and year)