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Morocco tea imports from China hits $56 million mark

Rabat, Morocco, 12/29 - Morocco imported about US$56,260,000 worth of Chinese tea over the first six months of 2006, according to figures published by trade ministry in Rabat Thursday.

The imports have been increasing over the years, from US$77 Million in 2003 to US$85,856,000 in 2004, and US$98,335,000 in 2005.

Morocco, according to the ministry figures, becomes the single largest importer of Chinese green tea worldwide, with its market consuming 85 to 95 percent of the commodity from the Oriental country. It also imports tea from India and Sri Lanka.

Tea made its entry into Morocco during the rule of Sultan Moulay Ismail in 1714, but one had to wait until the Crimean war to see its widespread consumption in the kingdom.

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