The country seems to be gripped in the smuggling madness, non-payment of duties and taxes.
The loose tea market in the provincial capital is also plagued by the issue of non-duty paid smuggled tea, which is sold without fear.
While the price difference between smuggled and legally-imported tea ranges between
According to wholesalers, the desire to live a quality life is replacing the usage of traditional loose commodities. The increased usage of teabags and powder milk at the workplace and households is also a reason behind the tilt towards packaged tea.
Loose tea in the wholesale market ranges between
“Our margin in each kilogram is between
Loose tea is used in different tea shops, sold openly in different villages and in urban areas. Despite the phenomenon of smuggled tea, Malik said, there are some traders who mix different qualities to make a higher profit. For such traders, the rural community and roadside tea kiosks are the best market, he said.
Traders said that wholesalers, who were running their businesses legally, have switched towards selling the smuggled loose tea as it means a higher profit margin for them. “Things are getting critical for our market — we have tried to overcome this issue many times with the help of the local community but we are yet to meet success.
“Until the time the government comes up with a uniform mechanism and import policy, we fear the trade of smuggled loose tea will keep on gaining strength.”
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