A report issued by the Coffee Board states that the coffee exports from India dropped 7.36 percent on a year on year basis to 3.50 lakh tonnes in 2018. The Coffee Board explained that this has happened due to fall in a shipment of robusta and instant coffee varieties. In terms of value also, coffee exports dropped to Rs 5,770.48 crore in 2018 from Rs 6,091 crore in the year 2017.
In 2018, Italy was the top export market for India, as 76,437.56 tonnes of coffee was exported to the country followed by Germany 28,582 tonnes and Russia 21,397 tonnes.
The total export of coffee in tonnes done by the country in the year 2018 was 3,50,280 tonnes, which is lower than the tonnes exported in the year 2017 ( 3,78,119 tonnes). Out of which, export of robusta varieties showed a decline of 17.65 per cent at 1,79,903 tonnes in 2018 as against 2,18,463 tonnes in 2017.
There was a decline in the shipment of instant coffee of 39.87 percent to 29,157 tonnes in 2018 calendar year as against 48,496 tonnes in the previous year. Whereas, there was a slight increase in the shipment of arabica coffee varieties at 53,302 tonnes in 2018 as against 47,314 tonnes in 2017.
Asia’s third-largest producer and exporter of coffee are estimated to be 3,16,000 tonnes in the marketing year that ended September 2018.