Tea News for the week ending June 30
| Decade Old Oil Debt to be Settled in $5 Million Monthly Installments of Tea
| India Exporters Expect Iran to Resume Buying Tea Halted Since November
| Israel Declares Wissotzky Tea a Monopoly
| Rohit Jawa Takes Charge at Hindustan Unilever
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Organizers of the annual Teas of the World contest hosted by AVPA, the Paris-based Agency for the Valorization of Agricultural Products, announced Aug. 31 is the deadline for submitting monovarietal teas, tea blends, and infusions. Ksenia Hleap, responsible for development and communications at AVPA, updates us on the 6th annual competition.
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Barter Eases Constraints Imposed by Sanctions on Iran
By Dan Bolton
Iran and Sri Lanka in July will resume bartering tea.
In a related development, Indian exporters say a resumption of tea shipments from India to Iran is expected soon.
The barter agreement with Iran is to settle an outstanding debt incurred in 2012, effectively bypassing Western sanctions and easing financial hardships in both countries caused by politics, economics, and war.
Terms of the agreement with state-run Ceylon Petroleum Corp. call for Sri Lanka’s treasury to transfer the equivalent of USD 5 million monthly in rupees to the Tea Board of Sri Lanka. The funds will then be paid to exporters. According to Tea Board Chairman Niraj de Mel, Iranian tea importers will pay the National Iranian Oil Company in riyals.
Sri Lanka’s plantation ministry issued a statement assuring all parties that the agreement “will not violate UN or US sanctions since tea has been categorized as a food item on humanitarian grounds. None of the blacklisted Iranian banks will be involved in the equation.”