Sri Lanka value added tea exports cleared by Syria

Oct 06, 2011 (LBO) – Syria has lifted an import ban on value-added tea exports from Sri Lanka which had raised fears it could sharply reduce earnings from the island’s main export product. “There’s now no ban by Syria,” said Hasitha De Alwis, director promotions of the Sri Lanka Tea Board. “The ban on smaller packs has also been lifted.”

The move followed lobbying by the Sri Lankan government as well as Syrian importers.

De Alwis said the ban had been effectively for only a short period and did not have much impact on the trade.

The Middle East is one of the two biggest markets for Sri Lankan teas and Syria was also an important importer of value added teas which earn more money for exporters.