Indonesia, known for its rich tea heritage, stands out as a major player in the global tea trade.
Indonesia’s Tea Exports
In 2021, Indonesia solidified its position as the 13th largest tea exporter worldwide, with tea exports valued at $101 million. Among Indonesia’s diverse export portfolio, tea ranked as the 242nd most exported product that year. Malaysia emerged as the primary destination for Indonesia’s tea exports, accounting for $12.2 million. Noteworthy destinations also included Russia at $12 million, Australia at $11.1 million, the United States at $7.29 million, and Chinese Taipei at $4.66 million.
Emerging Export Markets
Indonesia experienced notable growth in its tea exports between 2020 and 2021, showcasing its expanding presence in emerging markets. The fastest-growing export markets for Indonesian tea during this period were Thailand, witnessing an impressive increase of $1.1 million, followed by the United Arab Emirates at $647,000 and the Netherlands at $506,000. This growth signifies Indonesia’s ability to cater to evolving global tea preferences and seize emerging market opportunities.
|Asia||United Arab Emirates||4,071,568|
|Europe||Bosnia and Herzegovina||310|
|North America||Dominican Republic||29|
|North America||United States||7,288,414|
|Oceania||Papua New Guinea||159,718|
Tea Imports into Indonesia
In 2021, Indonesia became the 60th largest importer of tea globally, with tea imports valued at $23.4 million. Tea ranked as the 627th most imported product in Indonesia during the same year. Indonesia primarily sourced its tea imports from Vietnam, accounting for a significant share of $6.52 million. Other notable import sources included Kenya at $5.32 million, Thailand at $2.31 million, Japan at $1.85 million, and China at $1.43 million.
Emerging Import Markets
Indonesia’s tea imports experienced notable growth between 2020 and 2021, indicating diversification in import sources. The fastest-growing import markets for tea in Indonesia during this period were Japan, exhibiting a remarkable increase of $447,000, followed by the United States at $262,000 and the United Arab Emirates at $129,000. These figures highlight Indonesia’s expanding tea industry and its efforts to diversify sources to meet domestic and international demand.
In 2018, the average tariff imposed by Indonesia on imported tea stood at 11.8%. Among the countries with the highest import tariffs for tea were Angola, Burundi, Benin, Burkina Faso, and Botswana, all subject to a Most Favored Nation duty rate treatment of 12.5%. This tariff landscape indicates Indonesia’s commitment to regulating its tea imports while supporting domestic tea production and trade.
|Asia||United Arab Emirates||157,942|
|North America||United States||293,840|
|Oceania||Papua New Guinea||5|
Vietnam Tea: A Popular and Reliable Choice for Indonesia’s Imports
Vietnam tea has consistently been a popular and trustworthy choice for Indonesia, thanks to its premium quality and competitive pricing. In 2021, Indonesia imported tea from Vietnam with a total value of $6,518,913, marking a 6% increase compared to the previous year. Vietnam holds a significant position as an important supplier of tea to Indonesia, catering to its tea requirements effectively.
Indonesia’s thriving tea trade demonstrates its significance as both an exporter and importer in the global market. With its impressive tea exports to Malaysia, Russia, Australia, and other destinations, Indonesia continues to solidify its position as a major player. Meanwhile, its growing tea imports from Vietnam, Kenya, and other countries highlight its willingness to diversify its tea sources to meet domestic demand and cater to evolving consumer preferences.
As Indonesia’s tea industry continues to flourish, fostering relationships with existing trade partners and exploring emerging markets will be key to sustaining growth. Monitoring trends in tea consumption, promoting sustainability practices, and optimizing tariff policies will enable Indonesia to adapt to changing market dynamics and maintain its position as a prominent tea-producing nation. By embracing innovation and investing in quality, Indonesia can further enhance its tea industry’s competitiveness and contribute to the global tea culture enjoyed by consumers worldwide.