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3.6L Indian traders visited China’s Yiwu last year

India has emerged as one of the top importers of small commodities from the world's biggest wholesale market here, with 3.60 lakh Indian traders visiting the city last year to buy products worth $780 million, flooding the country with low priced Chinese goods.The US edged past India in 2013 to become the highest importer from Yiwu while India retained second spot, City Vice Mayor Dong Feng Ming said. India was at the top in 2011-12.

Highlighting Yiwu's increasingly close trade links with India, Ming said the trade gained 'profound momentum' boosted by the visits of 3.60 lakh Indian businessmen last year.

The numbers of visiting Indian businessmen registered sharp rise compared to 2011 when 40,000 traders from India visited the city, which has emerged as the world's biggest small commodities wholesale market selling about 1.80 million products at perhaps most cheapest rates. In addition to that 1,089 Indian businessman are residing in Yiwu in Zhejiang Province. A number of Indian firms have 34 representative offices with 233 partnerships, Ming said.

Indian officials say that $780 million official trade between Yiwu and India perhaps undervalued as businessmen on both sides prefer to under invoice the prices to escape customs duties and related taxes.

Also the business savvy Indian traders now branched out from supplying not only to India but have now become major suppliers of goods from Yiwu to Gulf, Latin America and Africa.
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