Export markets are an important aspect of the Group’s business portfolio and turnover. MeTL remains one of Tanzania’s largest and most diverse exporters and commands an impressive network that consists of people, infrastructure, technology, market intelligence, logistics and distribution.
MeTL procures a wide range of agricultural commodities at the farm gate from all corners of Tanzania. We have an extensive infrastructure of more than 100 regional offices all of which are equipped with warehouses, vehicles and personnel that purchase commodities at the farm gate, clean, process, sort and grade the goods, ready to meet the needs of the international market.
Our product range includes cocoa, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, pigeon peas, yellow gram, cardamoms, castor seeds, coriander seeds, green moong, groundnuts, honey, soya beans, tea, red beans and maize for supply to the World Food Program (WFP). We also export wheat bran to the Middle East. Our forestry product portfolio includes gum arabic and beeswax which is exported mainly to Europe. A recent addition to this portfolio is the export of sawn timber from our own sawmill in Tanga, Tanzania.
Our textile mills manufacture high-quality African print fabrics such as khanga and kitenge in 100% cotton and polyester. We also specialize in manufacturing gray cloth, bed sheets and drill material (refer to textile pages) and the bulk of our textiles are exported to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Mozambique and other neighboring countries. Sizeable quantities are also exported to Greece and Italy.
Sisal Fiber and Yarn
Sisal fiber yarn twines and ropes are exported to industrial users in Japan, India and other countries in Asia. In Europe, we export to Spain, Italy, Belgium, Holland and France. We also export to Ethiopia, Saudi Arabia and The Yemen. (refer to agro processing pages)
Mo Cashews Ltd, the Group’s cashew processing company (refer to Food page), exports raw cashews in shells as well as top-grade processed cashews to several global markets including the USA, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, South Africa and the Middle East.
As the only manufacture of bicycles in East Africa, National Bicyles Company Ltd, the Group’s bicycle company (refer to bicycle page) finds itself in the advantageous position of securing export markets in neighboring African countries.
The MeTL Group of Companies produces a vast range of household products for the domestic and East and Central African export market alike. (refer to manufacturing page) Our export product range includes maize, maize flour, wheat flour, soap and oil.