Pakistan retains top position as world’s largest importer of Kenyan tea

Nairobi:  Pakistan has retained top position as world’s largest buyer of Kenyan tea with stocks worth Sh35 billion in the 10 months to October 2019, Business Daily Africa reported.

Latest data from the tea directorate indicates Islamabad bought 14.8 million kilogrammes of tea, which was a marginal increase from 14.7 million kilos in the previous year. Pakistan has remained a major buyer of the Kenyan beverage, taking up close to 40 percent of total production.

“Pakistan was the leading destination for Kenyan tea in the review period,” says the Tea Directorate. A total of 420 million kilogrammes were exported through the auction compared with 394 million kilogrammes in the previous year.

About 40 countries imported the beverage in the corresponding period in 2018. During the period, Egypt recorded a significant jump in both value and volume imported. Cairo’s hit Sh20 billion, up from Sh15 billion in the previous period. A significant higher imports were also recorded among the emerging markets of US, Nigeria, Ireland, Turkey, China, Malaysia, South Africa, Canada, Oman, Chad and Uzbekistan.

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