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United Kingdom: Tea imports 2009-2019, by EU/non-EU trade

In 2019, the amount of tea imported into the United Kingdom had a net mass of approximately 123 thousand tons. The overwhelming majority of imports came from outside of the European Union. The non-EU imports measured almost 18 times the amount of EU imports. In 2019, the overall volume of imports reached its lowest point for the last ten years.

The main source of UK tea

The largest share of non-EU imports came from the Sub-Saharan African region, followed by Asia and Oceania. Only minor amounts are imported from the Americas.

Tea consumption

About sixty percent of the population of the United Kingdom drink tea every day, while about ten percent of the population never drink any tea. Most commonly people drink white and bleak tea in the UK. Usually the beverage is consumed at breakfast or in the afternoon. Levels of consumption, however, are on the decline as the United Kingdom moves closer to becoming a nation of coffee drinkers rather than tea drinkers.

Net mass of tea imported into the United Kingdom from 2009 to 2019, by EU and non-EU trade

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Release date

May 2020


United Kingdom

Survey time period

2009 to 2019

Supplementary notes

Data sourced from using SITC code 074.1 - Tea (whether or not flavored).
Figures have been rounded. Publication date is date of source databank access.

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