Tea exports form Guizhou, China’s largest tea-planting province, have grown every year since 2012, local authorities said Saturday [23 December 2017]. From January to November this year, Guizhou’s tea exports more than doubled to over 72 million U.S. dollars. Tea has become the province’s third biggest export after liquor and tobacco…Full Article: ECNS.cn Dec 2017

Key Point

  • From January to November 2017, approximately 40% (~USD 28.8 million) of Guizhou’s tea exports were shipped to Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. The next largest buyers was Southeast Asia (i.e. Vietnam) and North America (i.e. the U.S. and Canada).

ChinaAg Comments

  • In 2016, COFCO Group, Swire Group, and Unilever signed business agreements relating to Guizhou’s tea industry. During that year, Guizhou’s tea output was expected to reach 270,000 MTs grown on 467,000 hectares.
  • In 2015, according to a representative of China’s Ministry of Agriculture, China produced 2.25 million MTs of tea. At the same time, the per capita consumption of tea in China was 1.3 kg per year. During that year, Guizhou Province reportedly produced 220,000 MTs of tea and exported 598.7 MTs (valued at USD 36.47 million). Black tea and Oolong tea were Guizhou’s primary tea exports.
  • In 2014, Guizhou Province exported 290.9 MTs of tea.
  • From 2010 to 2013, Chinese tea cultivation increased from 1.97 million ha to 2.46 million ha, while production rose from 1.47 million MTs to 1.92 million MTs. In 2013, Fujian Province led China in tea production and produced 346,989 MTs of tea (18% of China’s total tea output). Fujian was followed by Yunnan (301,736 MTs or 16% of total output), Hubei (221,957 MTs or 12%), Sichuan (219,536 MTs or 11%), Zhejiang (168,602 MTs or 9%), and Hunan (146,031 MTs or 8%). In 2013, Guizhou Province produced 89,403 MTs or 5% of the country’s tea 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), while all the remaining provinces produced 548,788 MTs.

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