China has returned to dominance in tea exports, a status enjoyed for centuries. In December the China Tea Marketing Association estimated that China will export 330,000 metric tons of the 2.8 million tons of tea it produced in 2018.

Chinese tea exports, mainly green, were valued at more than $1.5 billion in 2018, rising 10.41 percent year-on-year, according to the association. This is the second year in a row China has topped the list of tea exporting nations in value and is likely to be the year China also shipped the world’s greatest volume of tea.

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