Study on Tea Exporting Situation of Iran (2014-2016)
Tea is one of the most consuming goods in Iran. Amount of Iranian tea production is less than that of demand. Each year, a large amount of tea is imported to fulfil domestic demand. However, in recent years we have witnessed a flow of tea export from Iran. This paper studies tea exporting situation from Iran in the years 2014-2016, as well as its reasons and consequences. Data were elicited from Iran customs, Ministry of Agriculture Jihad, Statistical Center of Iran, and interview with 30 individuals including 5 marketing agents, 5 tea exporters and 20 tea factory owners. Results suggest that implementation of guaranteed purchase of tea policy and state subsidies for tea production, exchange rate increase, and markets of target countries are incentives to this export.