According to an analysis of the latest estimates published by the Indian Tea Board, of the 9.42 million kilograms of tea imported by India between January and July this year, as many as 3.50 million kg – or 37.15%, more than a third of all imports – came from Nepal.
Although the figure represents a decline of 19% per volume compared to 11.64 million kilograms during the same period last year, the price of imported tea rose from Rs89.38 (US$1.78) to Rs 96.89 (US$1.93) per kilogram.
In 2010, tea imports from Nepal were at similar levels, accounting for 30.15% of total tea import.
With Sri Lanka and China in third and fourth place respectively, as largest exporters to India, Kenya ended up as the number 2 supplier with import volume growing to 2.52 million kilograms at the price of Rs 121.67 per kilogram. This was the highest import bill paid by India to any importer this year.
India imports tea from about 14 different sources, both producing and trading.