Commodities

Jan-July tea exports decline by 2.7m kilos on Covid-19

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A worker picking tea. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • Tea exports to Kenya’s main markets dropped by 2.7 million kilogrammes in seven months to July compared with similar period last year on Covid-19 restrictions to trade, data shows.
  • The Tea Directorate data indicates that Kenya exported 371.8 million kilogrammes of tea in the review period, down from 374.5 million in corresponding time last year.

Tea exports to Kenya’s main markets dropped by 2.7 million kilogrammes in seven months to July compared with similar period last year on Covid-19 restrictions to trade, data shows.

The Tea Directorate data indicates that Kenya exported 371.8 million kilogrammes of tea in the review period, down from 374.5 million in corresponding time last year.

Most of the tea importing countries, which are Kenya’s major markets are still battling with the effects of the Coronavirus, slowing the purchases since March when the outbreak was first announced in the country, leading to both logistical challenges and low demand of the commodity.

“Notably, access to some markets is still a challenge due to the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on commodity distribution and trading across the globe,” said the directorate.

The drop in tea exports is mainly linked to reduced orders by two key buyers, Egypt and Pakistan. For instance, Pakistan, which is a leading buyer of the Kenyan tea registered a decline of 1.6 million kilos from a high of 132.7 million kilogrammes last year to 130.3 million kilos in the review period.