Tea exports from Turkiye in the January-May period increased by 52% compared to the same period of the previous year and reached $14 million 890 thousand 518.
Saban Turgut, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Eastern Black Sea Exporters Union (DKIB) and Chairman of the Tea Sector Committee, told Anadolu Agency (AA) that tea is sold from the country to 103 countries, autonomous and free zones in 5 months of the year.
Turgut stated that in January-May 2023, an income of $14 million 890 thousand 518 was obtained from the export of 3 thousand 114 tons of tea.
Stating that $9 million 800 thousand 860 were earned from 2 thousand 982 tons of tea exports in the same period of last year, Turgut continued his words as follows:
“Our tea exports increased by 4.4% in quantity and 52% in value compared to the same period of the previous year. Belgium, the USA and the United Kingdom became the 3 countries with the highest exports. This period, $6 million 875 thousand 439 of tea were exported to Belgium, $2 million 26 thousand 356 to the USA and $1 million 361 thousand 630 to the United Kingdom.”
Noting that the variety of countries increased in parallel with the increase in exports, Turgut stated that tea was also sold to Algeria, Slovakia, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Panama, Gabon, Malaysia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Portugal, Angola, Dominican Republic, Togo, Rwanda and Poland during this period.
Emphasizing that the increase in tea exports and country diversity is pleasing, Turgut said, “In addition to the international promotions of CAYKUR, the fact that the tourists coming to the Eastern Black Sea Region, which has received a lot of tourists in recent years, tasted Turkish tea and received great appreciation, contributed positively to our tea exports. We anticipate that this situation will increase our tea exports to higher figures in the coming months.”
Pointing out that the most important issue in tea agriculture is sustainability, Turgut noted that it is imperative to take the necessary precautions by making preparations for the climate change risk that has come to the fore especially in recent years.
Source: Trthaber / Prepared by Irem Yildiz