The Myanmar Tea Cluster and the Palaung Tea Association has announced that Germany is now an importer of its specialty black and oolong teas. Some tea producers in the country have already received organic accreditation from U.S. and EU certification bodies and other growers are also aiming to attain international organic certification.
Teas from Myanmar are currently exported into American and European markets, and Myanmar hopes soon to also target buyers in Japan, Taiwan, and Sri Lanka. The country has 200,000 acres under tea and produces 40,000 metric tons of green, black and oolong teas annually. Growers are hoping for more government financing in order to increase technical support and develop skills in the manufacture of high quality specialty teas. The hope is that increased tea exports will benefit not just the tea industry but the entire country.