Tea exports will decline slightly in 2021

Exports to the CIS bloc, India’s top tea importer, fell to 44.57 million kg from 51.63 million kg

Exports to the CIS bloc, India’s top tea importer, fell to 44.57 million kg from 51.63 million kg

Tea exports slightly decreased from 209.72 million kg to 195.50 million kg in the 12-month period of 2021 compared to 2020, according to the latest data from the Tea Board.

The value of tea exports remained almost flat at ₹5,246.89 million in the trailing 12 months, compared with ₹5,235.29 million last year.

The CIS bloc remained the top importer of Indian tea at 44.57 million kg, down from 51.63 million kg in the 12 months of the previous calendar year. Among the CIS bloc countries, Russia was the largest customer with 34.09 million kg.

Iran was the second largest importer after CIS countries, importing 26.18 million kg in 2021, down 33.75 million kg.

The US and UAE imported 14.26 million kg and 17.08 million kg, respectively, followed by the UK and Germany with 9.99 million kg and 9.35 million kg, respectively.

China’s imports from India also fell from 11.44 million kg to 5.76 million kg. According to tea industry sources, imports were lower mainly due to shortage of shipping containers and high sea freight.

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