Indian tea is said to be the finest across the globe and is in great demand world wide. The main tea-growing regions are in Northeast India (including Assam) and in north Bengal (Darjeeling district and the Dooars region). Tea is also grown on a large scale in the Nilgiris in south India. India is one of the world’s largest consumers of tea, with about three-fourths of the country’s total produce consumed locally itself.
Total Tea exports stood at US$ 830.90 million in 2018-19 and reached US$ 535.13 million in 2019-20 (till November 2019).
Between April-November 2019, major importers of Indian tea were Iran (US$ 131.77 million), CIS (US$ 90.29), USA (US$ 37.35 million), UK (US$ 30.97 million), UAE (US$ 25.30 million) and China (US$ 21.70 million).
India stands fourth in terms of tea exports after Kenya, China and Sri Lanka.
India is the second largest producer in the world with production of 1,338 million kg and during January-December 2019, production stood at 1389.70 million kg.