Iran's tea import from India hits $30M

Business Materials 1 March 2015 14:42 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, March 1

By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

President of the Iran-India Tradesmen Council Ebrahim Jamili has said that Iran's import of tea from India hits $30 million, adding that the amount is to be increased during the discussions in the council.

He noted that while doing this, the council has to take care not to damage the market for domestic products.

He added that Iranian people tend to use foreign tea less than domestically produced tea, ISNA news agency reported March 1.

The official stated that the greater favor for imported tea is due to more powerful commercial adds promoting foreign tea, calling for greater effort in creating powerful domestic tea brands.

Jamili called for more actions to promote Iranian-made tea as a way to help domestic production grow.

He stated that India and Sri Lanka are the two main traditional sources for Iran's tea import.

Iran's annual tea consumption amounts some 110,000 metric tons. Smuggled tea share a high part of tea import to Iran.

Iran has assured India that it will include Indian tea in the top category of imported products.

Iran's tea production frequently suffers damage due to mismanagement.