Tea exports earn Rs. 411 Bn in 2022 | Daily News

Tea exports earn Rs. 411 Bn in 2022

Sri Lanka’s tea exports for 2022 earned a record Rs. 411 billion according to the Sri Lanka Tea Board.

However, in US dollar terms, it is a decline of USD 65.7 million against the earnings of 2021. Tea export revenue for 2022 was USD 1.259 billion compared with USD 1.324 million in 2021.

Although the volume exported last year was only 250.2 million kilos recording a 12.5% decline in comparison to 285.9 million kilos shipped in 2021, netting revenue marginally less than 2021 shows the continued high demand for Ceylon Tea.

The annual FOB unit price of USD 5.03 per kilo for 2022 compared with USD 4.63 per kg in 2021 confirms the distinct preference for Ceylon Tea. Export quantity for last year was the lowest in 25 years.

In 1997, a volume of 247 million kilos was shipped and since then the annual exports have been rising, recording the highest ever quantity of 327 million kilos in 2014.

Sri Lanka’s tea export volume is directly related to production. The 2022 production figures which are expected shortly will be one of the lowest in recent times.

The harvest was affected due to many shortcomings experienced since 2021, the fertilizer crisis and the banning of herbicides being among the main contributory factors.


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