Russia to discuss restricted tea imports with Sri Lanka

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Russia’s agriculture safety watchdog Rosselkhoznadzor plans to discuss restricted tea imports with Sri Lanka at the end of December, it said in a statement on Tuesday.

Russia placed temporary restrictions on imports of tea and all other agricultural products from Sri Lanka from December 18 after a beetle was found in a tea consignment.

The watchdog met a delegation led by Sri Lanka’s ambassador to Russia in Moscow on Tuesday and requested information about steps being taken in Sri Lanka to secure the safety of tea intended for export to Russia.

The insect, known as the Khapra beetle, was discovered in the packaging of the consignment of tea from Sri Lanka, which has said it was an isolated case and that it would work with the Russian authorities to resolve the issue.

Russia was the second largest buyer of Sri Lanka’s Ceylon tea after Iran in 2016 with $143 million worth of purchases, according to Sri Lanka’s Industry Ministry.

Sri Lankan tea accounts for 23 percent of the Russian market, with other supplies coming from India, Kenya, China and Vietnam, according to Rusteacoffee association. (Reuters)

  Comments - 5

  • ceylon Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:51 PM

    this is not isolated incident.it happens allways with lanka made products.government is sleeping while garbage exporting. via DM Android App

    Casanova Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:56 PM

    Common, this is not a big deal, we find crabs in Russian tourists but never restrict their arrivals.

    lkboy Wednesday, 20 December 2017 11:46 AM

    For asbestos?

    mali Wednesday, 20 December 2017 02:13 PM

    The exporters name is not revealed yet. There are so many fraud tea companies exporting inferior quality but the authorities never take action. Nobody is bothered about the future of country's revenue. As a result we will become real beggars

    Arnold Wednesday, 20 December 2017 02:59 PM

    Dont give up just like that. Free market is like a river. Goods and money will keep flowing whatever said and done. For example, Turkey had imposed high taxes for tea, and people used to smuggle through various routes.


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