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Pakistan imports 10 mkg tea in March

L.N. Revathy

Coimbatore , April 28

Pakistan has imported over 10 million kg (mkg) tea in March. Kenyan teas accounted for 4.77 mkg of the total imports (48 per cent) followed by Bangladesh at 1.26 mkg. The quantum exported from India (just about 1 per cent) was less than that of Indonesia (1.01mkg) at 0.79 mkg.

Black tea accounted for 9.95 mkg of the total imports. The balance of about 85,000 kg of green tea has been sourced from China, Indonesia and Vietnam.

While the Sri Lankan tea commanded an average rate of $2.52/kg, the Indian tea was sold for $1.14/kg and the Kenyan rate, next only to Sri Lanka at $2.47/kg.

The Ugandan, Rwandan, Congo and Burandi teas were all quoting above the $2-mark.

Black tea from China fetched the least rate of 62 cents/kg, but accounted for 1.33 per cent of the total import volume.

Mr Muhammad Altaf, Chairman of the Pakistan Tea Association, shared the country's tea import details with Business Line.

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