Huang Ju (China)- Morocco imported 38,500 tons of tea (94.2 million dollars) in the first eight months of 2009 to become the first importer and consumer of the Chinese green tea worldwide, the Chinese trade Ministry said.
Right after China, Morocco is considered as the first consumer of green tea worldwide, followed by Uzbekistan, Japan, Russia and the USA.
In 2008, Morocco’s Chinese green tea importations amounted to 96.1 million dollars. The North African country imports nearly 30 pc of Chinese Green tea from Chiang’s province (East).
Van Gao, Huang Ju’s museum deputy-curator, told MAP that Morocco has always represented a very important market for Chinese tea.
In 2008, tea-cultivated area in China reached 1.6 million hectares with a production of 1.24 Million tons, one third of tea world production.