East Africa tea exports rise by 1.4m kilos, new report shows

Wednesday November 14 2018

By Dorothy Nakaweesi @TheCitizenTZ news@tz.nationmedia.com

Kampala. Tea export volumes from East Africa to the rest of the world have increased, a latest auction report has shown.

Records from the auction held on November 5 and 6 at the Mombasa auction, shows that the regional export volume registered a 13 per cent increase.

A total of 10.4 million kilogramme bags were exported of tea more than the 9 million kilogramme bags exported around the same time the previous year.

The auction report by the East African Tea Export Auction showed that Kenya exported over 7.6 million kilogrammes bags more than the 6.7 million it exported the same time last year. This indicated an 11.4 per cent increase in exports.

Uganda, the region’s second largest exporter, sold 1.1 million kilogramme bags down from 1.3 million kilogrammes bags exported around the same time last year. This indicated an 18 per cent drop.

Rwanda during this auction exported 388,332 kilogrammes bags, up from 313,486 kilogramme bags exported the same time last year. This indicated a 19 per cent growth. In the region, Burundi exported 153,603 kilogramme bags of tea which were 29 per cent more than the 107,782 kilogramme bags exported last year.

Tanzania during this auction sold a total of 189,441 kilogramme bags, up from 165,560 kilogramme bags it exported the previous year, indicating a 12.6 per cent increase.

Six East African member states actively participated in the auction out of the 10 countries on the auction list. These included Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi and Ethiopia.

The other countries on the list but did not trade include DR Congo, Malawi, Madagascar, and Mozambique

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