India has significant export potential in certain labour-intensive sectors such as coffee, tea, mate and spices (HS 09); leather and footwear (HS 64) and furniture (HS 94). Appropriate incentives and policies can boost India’s export performance in these specific sectors.
To assess India’s export potential in the three sectors, the CII paper ‘Promoting Labour Intensive Exports: Select Sectors’ undertakes a revealed comparative advantage (RCA) analysis at the 6-digit level to identify specific products with highest export potential. Other determinants such as export values, global shares and share of India’s exports as percentage of global imports are also considered to arrive at the final list of products in each category.
The paper also highlights the challenges and bottlenecks facing each of these sectors. Further, the paper provides policy measures and recommendations to bolster Indian exports in each of these sectors.