India Canada Trade Relations

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India Canada trade relations have flourished in spite of the fact that Canada was one of the founder members of NATO while India was not. Both countries have shared a cordial and productive trading relationship right since the days of Indian independence.

After a decline in India Canada trading relations in the 1970s due to India's Peaceful Nuclear Explosion, trade between India and Canada picked up in the 1990s. In 1997, Canada started focusing on India in a big way, after the financial crisis in south east Asia. Canada then zeroed in on India intending to tap its huge trading potential. However, after India conducted nuclear tests in 1998, Canada once again went on an alert as far as its trading relations with India were concerned. But in 1999, after the Indian visit of the then Secretary of State for Asia Pacific, Raymond Chan, India Canada Trade Relations resumed once again economic alliances were agreed upon.

Facts and figures

According to trade analysts, Canada's share in Indian exports is a little more than 1% and its share in India's imports is even less than 1%. In 1992, Indian exports to Canada were worth C$ 280 million. That went up to C$ 1326 million in 2003. Canadian exports to India have increased slightly to around C$ 660 million in 2003 from around C$ 530 million in 1992. Bilateral trade between India and Canada was as high as C$2.45 billion in 2004. In 2003, India's total exports to Canada were pegged at around ` 3500 crore and imports from Canada were worth ` 3336 crore.

Traded items

Some of the main items imported by Canada from India are:
  • Textiles
  • Carpets
  • Floor spreads
  • Readymade garments
  • Jewelry
  • Cotton yarn
  • Organic chemicals
  • Coffee
  • Spices
  • Iron and steel articles
  • Rice, cereals, processed foods
  • Marine products
  • Footwear
The main items exported by Canada to India are:
  • Peas
  • Copper
  • Minerals
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Newsprint
  • Wood pulp
  • Asbestos
  • Iron scrap
For a detailed account of India Canada Trade Relations, please visit the following links:
  • Indian Exports to Canada
  • Canadian Exports to India
  • Indian IT Exports to Canada
  • Indian Merchandise Exports to Canada
  • India Canada Joint Business Council
  • Canada India Tourism
  • Higher Education in Canada for Indian Students
  • Indian Agro Exports to Canada