A total of 6.7 M/kgs came under the hammer this week. There was good demand. Ex-Estate volumes moved up and totalled 1 M/kgs. Quality of teas from the Western planting districts showed significant improvement, whilst Nuwar Eliya and Uva/Udapussellawas showed no remarkable change.
Best Western BOP/BOPF gained Rs. 20/- per kg and more following special inquiry. In the Below Best and plainer categories, BOP/BOPF gained Rs. 20-30/- and Rs. 30-50/- per kg and more respectively. Nuwara Eliyas - generally a disappointing sale considering the available quality. Udapussellawa BOP's gained Rs. 30-40/- per kg, whilst BOPF was irregular. Uva - select BOP invoices gained substantially by up to Rs. 100/- per kg following special inquiry, whilst the others, on average, appreciated between Rs. 20-40/- per kg. Corresponding BOPF too followed a similar trend, where select invoices gained substantially, whilst the others appreciated Rs. 10-20/- per kg. CTC's - a disappointing sale for BP1's in general, whilst High & Mid Grown PF1's too were mostly easier. Liquoring Leafy teas continued to meet with better demand with the limited quantum of teas on offer realizing prices between Rs. 600-800/- per kg.
Low Growns comprised of approximately 3.2 M/kgs in the Leafy/Tippy catalogues this week. There was good demand. In the Leafy catalogue, OP1/BOP1's were fully firm to dearer. Better PEK/PEK1's too were sold around last levels barring a few bolder PEK's that declined Rs. 5-10/- per kg and more. At the lower end too prices were fully firm to dearer. Select best OP/OPA's maintained. Others were barely steady. At the lower end, stalky types were generally easier. In the Tippy catalogue, FBOP's were fully firm to dearer, whilst FF1's were irregular. A range of cleaner secondaries however sold around last levels. In the Premium catalogue too a select range of well made teas maintained. Others were mostly lower to last. There was fair demand from shippers to CIS, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Iraq and Dubai.