Shortage of dollars hit Sudan tea sales

Tuesday April 23 2019


Farmers picking tea. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

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Tea exports to Khartoum have been hit by a shortage of dollars following a coup this month, with traders grappling with delayed payments for deliveries.

East African Tea Traders Association managing director Edward Mudibo said there have been delays in payment as unavailability of dollars hit the Sudanese market.

“Our tea sales to Sudan has not been disrupted following the coup. However, traders have experienced a serious shortage of dollars in Sudan that has delayed payment to traders,” Mr Mudibo told the Business Daily in an interview.

Sudan remains one of the key markets for Kenya’s tea earning the country more than Sh5 billion in the last three years.

In January the country bought 1.14 million kilogrammes of tea, which was a rise from 631,859 it bought in the corresponding period last year.

Sudan has been on a meltdown since it lost oil-rich South Sudan, subsequently leading to the current political turmoil.