What Can I Import From India?

Last Updated: 20/03/2022

The Hottest Products to Import From India in 2022

Below are the hottest Indian imports from India, with large growth potential:

  1. Regional Handicrafts ($1.676 billion in 2021)
  2. Jewelry and Precious Stones ($41.65 billion in 2021)
  3. Organic Supplements and Medicines ($428 million in 2021)
  4. Leather Products ($3.67 billion in 2021)
  5. Homeopathy Medicines ($1.41 million)
  6. Ceramics ($2.93 billion)

You do not need an import licence to import any of these products and clear UK customs.

India’s Exports Have Never Been Better Than In 2021

India’s export performance has never been better than that which we’ve seen in 2021 and offers an excellent location as an export business. In the first 11 months of the year, exports exceeded $354 billion, over $57 billion (or 19.2%) higher than the previous best for the same period, which was achieved in 2019.

Merchandise exports hit $301.38 billion in April-December 2021, marking a 26.49% increase over the same period in 2019 — pre-pandemic.

In December 2021, India exported $37.29 billion of goods, which is an all-time monthly high for the Indian economy.

Demand for jewellery, and gems soared to the highest level in December 2021. The country’s merchandise exports reached $300 billion in April-December, higher by 48.85% year-on-year and 26% against the same period in 2019 pre-pandemic levels, achieving three-fourths of its annual export target of USD 400 billion in the first nine months of 2021-22.

Gems and jewellery, which comprise 8% of India’s total exports, rose by 15.8% year on year.

New Free Trade Agreements UK and EU

India has begun discussions for a possible Free Trade Agreement with the UK, which is seeking to overcome the handicap it could suffer in the post-Brexit phase by rapidly forging close trade links with partner countries. Since it left the European Union less than two years back, the UK has already formalised 40 FTAs with its trade partners. It is showing similar urgency to formalise an FTA with India and therefore, we could well see heightened engagement between the two countries for closer trade relations.

Once an agreement is reached it will be simple for goods to clear customs.

India has also indicated that it would seek to conclude the long-stalled FTA negotiations with the European Union, Australia, Canada and Israel, thus signalling that 2022 could well become the year of FTAs for India.

If you’re looking for some ideas to import from India and sell here’s our 6 hottest ideas for 2022:

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Import Regional Traditional Handicrafts From India

India is known as the largest exporter of traditional handicraft items among all other developing countries.

India exported handicrafts worth over 126 billion Indian rupees ($1.676 billion) in fiscal year 2021. This was a slight decrease compared to 2020 where it stood at approximately 127 billion rupees but still suffering from the pandemic.

The most popular handicrafts are:

  • Indian Home Decoratives
  • Handmade Sarees, other hand made products
  • Furniture, home textiles, and homeware

The top 10 export destinations are the US, the UK, the UAE, Germany, France, Latin American countries (LAC), Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia.

Jewelry and Precious Stones Are Big Business

The Government of India is aiming for $70 billion in jewellery exports in the next five years.

India’s gem and jewellery export performance through 2021 has been far ahead of our expectations this time last year. The world’s biggest jewellery consuming nation, the US, has increased purchases from India this year and India expects achieve the export target of USD 41.65 billion for 2021.

Export of gems and jewelry doubled in the first seven months of the financial year 2021-2022, compared to the same period last year.

From April to October 2021, gems and jewelry exports were worth $23.62 billion, compared to $11.69 billion for the same period in 2020 — a 102.09% rise. In the corresponding period of 2019, the figure was $22.06 billion, according to commerce ministry data.

Organic Supplements and Medicines a Growing Market

The export value of ayurvedic and herbal products amounted to about $428 million from India in fiscal year 2020. There was a consistent increase in the value of these exports from fiscal year 2015 till 2019.

Organic products include original harvested honey, fruit juices, herbs, and Ayurveda products. In large demand throughout the world and western countries specifically, due to the rise of yoga and Ayurveda. Sold at high prices abroad you can have make a healthy profit from exporting these products.

The growing interest in a healthy lifestyle, natural food supplements and alternative medicines affects the demand for natural ingredients in Europe. This creates opportunities for exporters from developing countries.

Leather Products Are Always In Demand

Exports of leather, footwear and leather products touched $3.67 billion during 2020-21 (April to Feb).

This can be broken down into:

  • Footwear – 45.82%
  • Leather Goods & Accessories – 24.84%
  • Finished Leather – 6.55%
  • Leather Garments – 14.61%, and
  • Saddlery & Harness – 4.5%

There is still a vast global market that India can tap into. The size of the global leather goods industry is projected to increase to US$306.1 billion by 2027 from an estimated US$241.3 billion in 2020, growing at an annualised pace of 3.5%.

Import Homeopathy Medicines

Homeopathy, or Homeopathic Medicine, is the practice of medicine that embraces a holistic, natural approach to the treatment of the sick without using any organic chemicals.

The global Homeopathy market was valued at $879.1 million in 2021 and is projected to reach $1392.8 million by 2028.

There are 59 countries and territories, which actively import Homeopathic Medicines from India. The combined value of total export is $1.41 million suggesting that this market is in its infancy in India.

Traditional Ceramics

Ceramics are traded all around the world. The data provided on the export analysis shows that there are almost 195 countries and territories, which actively import Ceramic from India. India is known to create some of the finest ceramics in the world and are in high demand and can be very profitable products to import to other countries.

In fiscal year 2021, the export value of ceramic and glassware products from India amounted to over 225 billion Indian rupees ($2.93 billion). A sudden steep rise in the export value was noted from the previous year.

How To Successfully Import From India

The 4 Steps To Success

If you’re now thinking to get involved in the import export world and importing any of these products into your own country, I highly recommend it! Below is a personal testimonial of my experience, working 35+ years in import export. I’ve met some many great people, enjoyed my travels around the world and the satisfaction of negotiating deals and moving products around the world has been fantastic.

If the ideas above have inspired you, I recommend you take the next three steps.

Step 1: Know How To Source Your Products

Once you’ve decided on some products, you’ll have to source where to buy them. Finding sellers of your products is also half the fun. If you’re in a position to travel and explore, do it! It’s a great opportunity to expand your horizons. Not so easy in these times of a global pandemic but eventually we’ll be able to travel again.

If you can’t travel, there’s always Google, AliBaba and AliExpress. This can be a great place to start. For more ideas and an much more in-depth look into sourcing products, check out our blog in sourcing products internationally.

Another advantage to these products is they’re small enough to get product samples easily, either by travelling to India and bringing them to other countries or by buying online and having the goods shipped.

Once you’ve found your new supplier, you’re going to need an EORI number for products to clear UK customs and a freight forwarder so make sure you know how to set this up.

Step 2: Know How To Finding Buyers

Perhaps the biggest question is inevitably, how do I find buyers for my products?

This is without doubt the most common question that I’m asked. Well, the good news is, there’s more than one way to do this. The bad news is, there’s no “easy” way. It’s all going to take some hard work and perseverance but it can most certainly be done and some good profits are no doubt waiting for you.

For my biggest hints and tips after a lifetime in commercial buying and selling check out our blog post on finding buyers.

Step 3: Make Sure You Understand the Basics

You’re going to need to understand at a minimum, the basics of import and export. Don’t jump in and start buying products, hoping to sell them by crossing your fingers. You’ll lose money, time and cause yourself a lot of stress.

To start, have a read of our blog post, How To Start an Import Export Business. It’s only the bare minimum but it will give you an idea of what you need to start thinking about and you’ll pick up some handy tips that I learned over the year.

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