SOPs for 100% Dust Grade Tea Auctions Published

The Tea Board of India has released Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the mandatory sale of 100% dust grade tea through public auctions. This follows consultations with industry stakeholders and an earlier circular on the subject. This SOP was issued by a circular dated April 22, 2024.

In March 2024, the Tea Board had issued an order on the sale of all dust grade tea through auctions. Additionally, an industry meeting in March discussed concerns and potential solutions regarding this new regulation.

The Committee:

  • A revised committee, including representatives from various tea industry associations, was formed in April 2024.
  • This committee’s role is to create and oversee the implementation of SOPs for the smooth functioning of 100% dust grade tea auctions.

The Committee has now framed the SOP. The SOP document outlines guidelines for the dust grade tea auction system. It aims to address issues raised by industry stakeholders during earlier discussions.


  • The Tea Board is circulating the SOPs to all concerned parties, including tea associations.
  • These associations are expected to inform their members about the new procedures.

Overall, the SOPs aim to ensure a transparent and efficient system for the sale of 100% dust grade tea through auctions.


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