Russia to lift ban on SL tea at dawn of 2018

Russia to lift ban on SL tea at dawn of 2018

By Lahiru Fernando

25 Dec, 2017 | 5:04 pm

Russia’s recent ban on Sri Lankan tea will be lifted after December 31, 2017, according to the Ministry of Plantation Industries.

The ministry said the information came from a group of Russian officials while at a meeting held between Sri Lanka and Russia in Moscow.

Why did Russia ban Sri Lankan tea?

A 'Khapra Beetle'

A ‘Khapra Beetle’

Russia recently found an insect, known as the ‘Khapra Beetle’ inside the packaging of one consignment of tea from Sri Lanka.

Following this discovery, the country placed temporary restrictions on all agricultural product imports from Sri Lanka.

The Russian tea market consists of around 23 percent Sri Lankan Tea. According to data, the Northern powerhouse has imported around 141,300 tonnes of tea worth $436 million (US) in the first 10 months of 2017.

Other supplies are imported to Russia from;

  • India
  • Kenya
  • China
  • Vietnam