NEW DELHI (AFP) - Indias exports fell for a 10th straight month in July as the countrys key Western markets remained in the grip of the global economic downturn. Shipments overseas slid 28.4 percent to 13.6 billion dollars, data released Tuesday by the Commerce Ministry showed, while imports tumbled 37.1 percent to 31.2 billion dollars. The lower import figure mainly reflects lower oil costs due to the slide in crude prices, but it also shows the domestic economy remains sluggish. Exports for the first four months of the financial year to March 2010 were down 34.1 percent from a year earlier at 49.7 billion dollars. The data come days after India announced plans to boost trade with emerging markets in a bid to wean itself off dependence on economically struggling developed nations that buy more than 60 percent of its exports. The government has also announced a slew of steps such as cheaper finance, better infrastructure, tax relief and reduced transaction costs to spur shipments. The country is aiming for export growth of 15 percent over two years to achieve sales of 200 billion dollars by March 2011, up from 168 billion dollars for the year to March 2009. Commerce Minister Anand Sharma said he would be happy to sustain exports this year at last years levels but economists say they are likely to contract by 10 percent. The government originally set a target of 200 billion dollars last year but was forced to lower that when the global economic crisis hit. Unlike China, where overseas sales have been a main growth driver, Shipments account for around 15 percent of gross domestic product in Indias still relatively inward-looking economy. Economists say this, along with its vast domestic market of nearly 1.2 billion people, has helped shield Indias economy from the worst of the global slump, which battered international trade. Data on Monday showed the economy grew 6.1 percent in the three months to June, picking up pace from the previous quarter in what economists said was a sign the country was emerging from the worldwide slump. But the decline in exports has caused heavy job losses in labour-intensive industries such as garments and jewellery.