Global purchases of imported tea totaled US$7.349 billion in 2017.
Overall, the value of imported tea for all buyer countries fell by an average -0.5% since 2013 when tea purchases equaled at $7.31 billion. Year over year, the value of tea imports appreciated by 6.8% from 2016 to 2017.
From a continental perspective, Asian countries accounted for the highest dollar worth of tea imported during 2017 with purchases valued at $3.1 billion or 42.3% of the global total.
In second place were European countries at 30.3% while 14.7% of worldwide tea imports were delivered to customers in Africa. North America’s imported tea amounted to an 8.8% share. Smaller percentages were purchased by customers in Oceania (1.9%) and Latin America minus Mexico plus the Caribbean (1.2%).
Below are the 15 countries that imported the highest dollar value worth of tea during 2017:
By value, the listed 15 countries purchased 58.3% of all tea imports in 2017.
Among the above countries, the fastest-growing markets for tea since 2013 were: China (up 98.5%), Pakistan (up 72.6%), Morocco (up 15.8%) and Saudi Arabia (up 13.3%).
Those countries that posted declines in their imported tea purchases were led by: United Arab Emirates (down -65.7%), Russia (down -20.1%), Canada (down -14.4%) and Iran (down -13.7%)