Over 50% of Hunan tea exported to Belt and Road countries
- By Zhang Chen
- China.org.cn, December 23, 2016
Countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative have become the main export destination for tea products from China’s Hunan Province, Voc.com.cn reported.
Statistics from customs show that Hunan exported 31,000 tons of tea in the first 11 months of this year, and 17,000 tons of them were exported to countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative.
Hunan has strengthened the mechanism to cooperate and communicate with countries involved in the initiative since last year. In the first 11 months, Hunan exported 6,740 tons of tea to Russia, a 5.1 percent growth compared with the same period last year; and the province also greatly explored emerging markets such as EU and North Africa by exporting 5,665 tons of tea to these markets, a 17.2 percent growth compared with the same period last year.
Though Hunan boasts rich tea resources, it faces fierce competition from other provinces in China as well as countries famous for tea such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Myanmar. In addition, many tea companies in Hunan still export raw tea leaves, which often bring in low profits.