June Tea Report: China Exports & US Imports

J u n e T e a R e p o r t : C h i n a E x p o r t s & U S I m p o r t s

Data from China Tea Marketing Association (CTMA) and USDA FAS show the continued importance of Chinese green tea exports and imports.


China customs statistics show about an 18% increase in volume over previous June exports. For the first half of 2020, total tea export volume was down around 1.7% compared to the same period in 2019.

Export value increased 7.72%, with average price per kg rising 9.52% to $5.65/kg.

Green teas remain the bulk of China tea export volume, accounting for an estimated 84.4% of 2020 totals, and a 0.3% decrease compared to the first half of 2019.

Black teas comprise 7.9% of total 2020 export volume thus far, and have seen a year-on-year decrease of 16.2%

Pu’er teas, while comprising  less than 1% of total exports in Jan-Jun 2020 exports, saw an increase in volume exports of 16.5%.


US imports of tea volumes (HS code 0902) have declined from both worldwide and China when comparing January to June 2019 versus the same period in 2020. June volumes across the 2 years reveals a nearly 28% drop in volumes imported from China. This is largely due to the reduction in Chinese black teas being imported. At the same time, volumes of Chinese green teas increased by a little over 25% over the previous June.