The financial Tribune reported on August 8 that according to the latest data released by the General Administration of Customs of Iran, from March 21 to July 6, 2021, Iran imported 17000 tons of tea, worth US $90.8 million, with weight and value increasing by 4% and 9% respectively. The Iranian Tea Association sets the domestic demand for tea at 120000 tons per year, which consumes about 5% of the world's total tea output. The local tea production of Iran can meet 30% of domestic demand, and the rest is mainly imported from India and Sri Lanka. In addition, Turkey, Germany, China, Japan, Vietnam, Kenya and Poland are also tea importers of Iran.
The head of the Iranian tea organization said in June that so far this year, the government has purchased 62300 tons of tea from local farmers, a year-on-year increase of 10%. However, the low water drop this summer may have a negative impact on the overall annual output of tea. According to the data of the Iranian tea organization, the country currently has 28000 hectares of tea gardens, of which 22000 hectares have stable production. About 90% of Iran's tea plantations are located in Giran and Mazandaran provinces, and more than 55000 farmers make a living through tea planting.
Economic and Commercial Department of the Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Iran