(Updates with figures from first five months in third paragraph.)
June 27 (Bloomberg) -- Tea shipments from Kenya, the world’s biggest exporter of the black variety of the leaves, climbed 11 percent to 34.4 million kilograms (75.8 million pounds) in May, the Tea Board of Kenya said today.
Egypt was the biggest importer of Kenyan tea, taking about 19 percent, followed by the U.K., Afghanistan, Pakistan and Sudan, the Nairobi-based board said in an e-mailed statement.
Kenyan production of tea in the five months through May decreased by 18 percent to 149.5 million kilograms, due to low and poorly distributed rain in most growing regions, it said.
Average tea prices at sales in May in the port city of Mombasa, the world’s largest auction for tea, stood at $2.88 a kilogram compared with $2.53 a kilogram a year earlier.
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