Coffee exports rise 3% in 2013

India’s coffee exports rose marginally by nearly 3 per cent to 3.14 lakh tonnes in 2013 on the back of sharp jump in re-export of instant coffee, despite sluggish global prices, according to the Coffee Board.

The country had exported 3.05 lakh tonnes of coffee in the previous calender year.
Due to re-exports, total coffee exports in value terms also remained higher at Rs 4,728.86 crore in 2013, as against Rs 4,637.87 crore in the previous year.

“Overall exports remained good mainly due to rise in re-export of value-added products especially instant coffee. Otherwise, global prices were weak,” a senior Coffee Board official said.

The sluggish international prices prompted Indian traders to focus on re-export of value-added products, the official said, adding the global prices of both arabica and robusta fell by up to 30 per cent during the year, discouraging exports.

Total re-export of instant coffee rose significantly by 56 per cent to 70,833 tonnes in 2013 from 45,457 tonnes in the previous year, according to the Board.

Much of the coffee was exported to Italy (77,041 tonnes), followed by Germany (30,571 tonnes), Russia (20,703 tonnes) and Belgium (17,431 tonnes), in 2013.

Coffee Board has pegged total production at 3.47 lakh  tonnes for the ongoing 2013-14 season (Oct-Sep).

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