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Exports from India down 7.4% due to lower shipments of Robusta, instant coffee

NEW DELHI, India — Coffee exports from India declined 7.36% on year in 2018 to 350,000 tonnes due to a fall in shipment of Robusta and instant coffee varieties, according to figures provided by the Coffee Board.

Italy remained the top export market with 76,437.56 tonnes of coffee exported to the country, followed by Germany (28,582 tonnes) and Russia (21,397 tonnes).

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As per the Board’s latest data, the country exported 350,280 tonnes of coffee in 2018 calendar year, lower than 378,119 tonnes in the previous year.

Out of which, export of Robusta varieties showed a decline of 17.65% at 1,79,903 tonnes in 2018 as against 218,463 tonnes in 2017.

The shipment of instant coffee also showed a decline of 39.87% to 29,157 tonnes in 2018 calendar year as against 48,496 tonnes in the previous year.

However, there was slight increase in the shipment of Arabica coffee varieties at 53,302 tonnes in 2018 as against 47,314 tonnes in 2017.

Coffee production in India, Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee, is estimated to be 316,000 tonnes in the marketing year that ended September 2018