Public tea auctions have always played a key role as the main vehicle for primary
marketing of tea in India for over a century ever since the first tea auction centre
was set up in Calcutta (now Kolkata) in 1861.
Public tea auctions handle more than 500 million kilograms annually.
The newly designed e-Auction system is being used by all the six Auction Centres
(Kolkata, Siliguri, Guwahati, Cochin, Coimbatore and Coonoor). The various users
of the system like Manufacturers, Warehouses, Auctioneers and Buyers have been provided
with access to various functionalities of the system. Each Auction Centre will be
entitled to carry out functions like registration, incorporation of changes in policy
and information maintenance.
The e-Auction system integrates the process starting from creation of invoices till
the delivery of tea from the warehouses, enabling better control and avoiding duplication
of work thus reducing time.
The auctioning of tea in India is being supervised by the Tea-Board of India.