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Tea companies fear losing lucrative Chinese market over border conflict

Over the past five years, China emerged as the third largest importer of Indian tea as demand for the black variety has been soaring there

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Tea production in Assam and West Bengal is estimated to have declined by 65 per cent during March-April, and it may further decline by 50 per cent during May

Avishek Rakshit Kolkata
Just when Indian tea exports to China were rising, the trade is likely to take a hit because of worsening Indo-China relations, following a military standoff at four points along the Line of Actual Control.

Over the past five years, China has emerged as the third largest buyer of Indian tea. In 2019, India had exported 13.45 million kilogram (mkg) tea to China as against an export of 10.31 mkg in 2018.

“As relations between India and Pakistan soured, the tea trade took a beating. It is a wait and watch situation for us now,” Vivek Goenka, chairman of the Indian Tea

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First Published: May 29 2020 | 3:07 PM IST

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