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Main policy areas


Tariff escalation

  • Tariffs on processed tea are generally low for Japan, the US and the EU. The US, for instance, imposes a duty tax of 6.4 percent on flavoured green tea, while the EU charges a 3.4 percent duty. For other importing countries such as Turkey and India, a duty of 145 percent and 70 percent, respectively, is charged on Black fermented and partly fermented tea in immediate packages not exceeding 3kg. (retail packs).

Tariff quota administration

  • No TRQs for tea.


  • The reduction of dutiable tea products was slightly below the overall average reduction of 37 percent. Developed countries reduced agricultural tariffs by an average of 35 percent;
  • Developed countries have significant lower tariff levels, while most developing countries seem to impose higher taxes.

Amber box

  • Not relevant

Export subsidies

  • Not relevant

Export credits

  • Not relevant

State Trading enterprises

  • Still dominate producing/exporting countries.

Export restrictions and prohibitions

  • Not relevant

Food security

  • Food security for tea is very effective due to greater/wider distribution of income and other benefits due to intensive farming practices.

Food safety

  • Levels of Maximum Residue Limits in tea need to be harmonised;
  • The IGG on tea formed a working group to look into this issue.

Rural development

  • Employment and income from tea provides important multipliers for rural development and for social amenities such as schools and hospitals, as well as electric and hydraulic infrastructures, and several channels of communication such as roads.

Geographical indications

  • Specialized teas such as Darjeeling and Assam Tea, do fetch premiums.

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