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Rwanda tea is known for its high quality and among the best in the world. Today Rwanda tea had become a highly valued tea in Mombasa auction resulting in its gradual increase in unit price over the past years.

 In 2011 first international  tea Convention & Exhibition held in Mombasa and brought together over 27 tea-producing countries,  Rwandan teas took two out of the three top positions in a tea-tasting competition held on the sidelines of the convention. It was also the same scenario on the second Africa Tea convention organized in Rwanda Serena Hotel in August 2013, where the three first place and overall  in primary grade were worn by Rwanda factories with Best quality PD for Karongi, BP for Gisovu and PF1 for Kitabi respectively . The last factory Kitabi became  the overall winner for all grades

 Every week at Mombasa auction, Rwanda tea especially Gisovu, Kitabi and Rubaya, Nyabihu, fetches the highest price in primary grades. In order to encourage local and re­gional consumption, Rwanda has put more emphasis on value added tea with an introduction of single estate tea product in Sorwathe Tea Factory.

Considering value addition of Rwandan tea, support is given to tea factories in acquiring quality certifications as well as facilitating tea farmers with agronomical practices.

 Five companies in Rwanda selling value added tea are Rwanda tea packers, Highland tea, Sorwathe, pfunda and Gisovu tea estates. Sales distribution is well done in hotels, supermarkets, restaurants and shops.

List and address of companies selling value added tea .

          COMPANIES THAT SELL VALUE ADDED TEA IN RWANDA

COMPANY

CONTACT PERSON

TELEPHONE

E-MAIL ADRESS

Rwanda Tea Packers

HAMIM Kabagambe

0788302537

 

accounts@rwandateapackers.com

Highland Tea

Mary RUGANGAZI

0785526182

Hightea.rw@gmail.com

Pfunda Tea Company

Amiteshwar S. Nain

07883005242

ptc@ mcleodrussel.com

SORWATHE

 Rohith   Peiris

0788302834

rohithpeiris@gmail.com
Company email: sorwathe@gmail.com and   sorwatheadm@gmail.com

GISOVU Tea Company

H. S. Grewal

0784575503

hsgrewal@mcleodrussel.com

 Standards certification:

For sustainable tea sector, certification is a major requirement as a market tool to penetrate different markets with premium prices. however certification to private standards is voluntary though certification for compulsory standards is mandatory.

 NAEB advised  all factories to be ISO 22000:2005 certified  for safety assurance. Private standards are diverse depending on different market; preference should depend on the target market however the following four private Certification Standards dominate on the global market; Rain Forest Alliance, UTZ, Fair Trade and Organic.

Britain is a major purchaser of Rwanda’s Fair Trade Certified Tea and Sainsbury’s one of the biggest British supermarket chains, recently switched its entire range of tea lines to Fair Trade. A commitment by Sainsbury’s to sell Rwandan tea has encouraged farmers to increase Fair Trade tea production in Rwanda.

 N.B,   Reference to RSB as Rwanda Standards Regulator and reference to the Official gazette N0 31 of 05/08/2013; The Mandatory Standards in tea sector are;

-          Black Tea Specification  RS 31

-          Green Tea Specification RS  118

 

BASIC EXPORT REQUIRED DOCUMENTS IN TEA SECTOR

 

N0

DOCUMENT NAME

SERVICE PROVIDER

 

CHARGES

REQUIREMENTS

 

1

 

Certificate of origin

 

NAEB

 

 

NA

-Packing List

-Sample for the corresponding Invoice

 

2

 

Visa of Rwanda Customs Office

 

RRA CUSTOMS

 

NA

 

-Certificate of Origin issued by NAEB

 

3

 

Phytosanitary  certificate

 

RALIS/MINAGRI

 

 

200

-Packing list

-Certificate of origin issued by NAEB

 

 

4

 

Euro 1 (0nly goods going to European Union)

 

RWANDA REVENUE

 AUTHORITY(CUSTOMS)

 

 

3000

-Packing List

-Commercial Invoice

-Certificate of origin issued by NAEB

 

 

5

 

 

COMESA certificate of Origin

 

RWANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY(CUSTOMS)

 

 

3000

-Packing List

-Commercial Invoice

-Certificate of origin issued by NAEB

 

 

6

 

EAC certificate of Origin

RWANDA REVENUE

AUTHORITY (CUSTOMS)

 

 

3000

-Packing list

-Commercial Invoice

-Certificate of origin issued by NAEB

7

GENERALIZED SYSTEM OF PREFERENCES CERTIFICATE OF ORIGIN

RWANDA REVENUE AUTHORITY(CUSTOMS)

 

3000

-Packing list

-Commercial Invoice

-Certificate of origin issued by NAEB

 

8

 

Bill of Lading

 

TRANSPORTER

 

NA

-Packing list

-Commercial Invoice

-Certificate of origin issued by NAEB

 

 

 

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