The southwestern province of Guizhou, which has the most tea plantations in the country, exported almost 600 tons of tea in 2015, more than double the export volume in 2014. In 2015, Guizhou exported 598.7 tons of tea, with a total value of $36.47 million, according to the Guizhou Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau. This is 307.8 tons more than the volume in 2014. About 58 percent of the exported tea was black tea and Wulong tea, or Oolong tea. Guizhou tea is exported to 11 countries and regions including the United States, Canada, Germany, Saudi Arabia and Vietnam…Full Article: China Daily Jan 2016

Key Point

  • Guizhou’s tea exports grew thanks in part to John Swire & Sons Ltd (Britain/Hong Kong) and Starbucks.
  • In 2015, Guizhou cultivated 459,000 ha of tea and has a reputation of utilizing less pesticides in comparison to other regions/provinces.

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2013, China produced 1.9 million MTs of tea. The top producers were Fujian Province at 346,989 MTs or 18% of production and Yunnan Province at 301,736 (16% of total output). Guizhou was a minor producer at 89,403 MTs (5% of total output).
  • In China, tea production is relatively dispersed but typically follows the area around the Yangtze River.  In 2011, Fujian province produced 295,976 MTs, Yunnan (238,337 MTs), Sichuan (186,207 MTs), Hubei (184,165 MTs), Zhejiang (169,724 MTs) and all remaining provinces produced 548,788 MTs.

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