Imports too jumped 49.07 per cent to USD 37.88 billion last month from USD 25.4 billion in April 2016, according to the data released by the commerce ministry.
A huge jump in gold imports pushed up the trade deficit to USD 13.24 billion during the month under review from USD 4.84 billion a year ago.
The imports of the precious metal rose 3-fold to USD 3.85 billion in April compared to USD 1.23 billion in the same month last year.
In the last fiscal, 2016-17, exports saw a growth of 4.71 per cent to USD 274.64 billion as against USD 262.3 billion in 2015-16.
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