Tea Blending and Packaging
Mombasa is the focal point of Kenya’s tea industry; 95% of tea exports are shipped through the port and 80% traded through the auction, the largest in the world.
Amount of tea exported through Mombasa Port
Indian tea bushes as ornamentals, simply because he thought they were beautiful. He planted a small handful of the emerald-leafed shrubs on the forested hills of Limuru.
Now, over a century old, that small group of shrubs has grown into trees in a tea garden now called Mabroukie. Commercialisation of tea in Kenya started in 1924 and the industry has experienced exponential growth ever since. In 1969, the East African Tea Trade Association decided to move the tea auction from Nairobi to Mombasa to increase the ease and efficiency of the export process.
Containerised shipments were introduced in the late 1970s, spurring further interest from international tea buyers who soon realised the advantages of quick and safe shipment to destination.
Tea is planted in an area of over 150,000 hectares, producing over 400,000 metric tonnes of tea per year. Currently, Kenya ranks third in the world in tea production, behind China and India, respectively. Kenya however has the advantage of year round production, and a reduced need for pesticides due to the high altitude of its tea growing regions.
Mombasa is the focal point of East Africa’s tea industry, around 95% of tea exports are shipped through the port and 80% traded through the auction.
The Mombasa auction is the largest tea auction in the world, the only one to be dollar denominated, and the only one to feature tea from more than one country;
This has supported the growth of a multitude of businesses in the tea value chain, including over 70 buyers and several blenders and packers of note within Mombasa County.
Kenya also continues to innovate. The Tea Research Institute recently released ‘Purple Tea’, which claims enhanced health benefits compared to green tea and received positive international attention in early 2015 – James Finlay and Kenya Tea Development Authority are already processing.
Promoting the tea industry is a priority of the Export Processing Zone Authority (EPZA) and the Government of Kenya
Packaging and blending, with a focus on new varieties and markets
Production of extractives for use in the FMCG and pharmaceutical industries
Creation of a Common User Facility within the Export Processing Zone (EPZ), would create the following benefits:
Access to a 30% government subsidy on power bills.
A dedicated Kenya Revenue Authority Officer, reducing waiting times for goods clearance.
Increased customs bond value, increasing flexibility to hold stock.