NEW DELHI : Taiwan and Iran have rejected as many as three containers of Indian tea due to phytosanitary issues and the presence of pesticides beyond permissible limits, sources aware of the development said.
Falling tea exports from Sri Lanka due to a financial crisis opened newer markets for Indian tea; however, recent rejections of Indian tea may cast a shadow on New Delhi’s efforts to capture new markets.
An official, one of the two cited above, said, however, that export rejections from India were extremely low.
“Only two containers have come back from Taiwan and one from Iran. The maximum residue level (MRLs) in Taiwan is too low and exporters are aware of the risk,” the official said on condition of anonymity.