Kenya’s tea export to major destinations fell in May fell by 35 percent.
The industry report from Tea Directorate for May indicates that the total export volume for May was 28.05 million kilogrammes compared with 43.36 million kilogrammes recorded in the same period last year.
Major decline came from Egypt, that registered a 61 percent fall to 3.5 million kilogrammes in May this year from 9.2 million kilogrammes in the corresponding period, while United Kingdom,registered a 51 per cent drop compared with last year.
Imports dropped from 4.1 million kilogrammes to two million kilogrammes in in the period under review.
Pakistan was the leading export destination for Kenyan tea having imported 11.36 million kilogrammes during the month, accounting for 40 per cent of the total export volume.
The ten export destinations, most of which are traditional markets for Kenyan tea accounted for 86 per cent of Kenya tea export volume.
Key export destinations for Kenyan tea were the United Arab Emirates, which recorded seven per cent drop, and Sudan that saw the volumes come down by 61 per cent.
The total export volume for the period January-May 2017 was 174.54 million kilogrammes compared with 213.77 million kilogrammes recorded same period last year.