Known as the Spice Island, Sri Lanka was historically attractive to the Western nations for its spice riches. Fourty Loan export the most sought-after cinnamon. These grow in abundance all over the island in fertile and diverse soil types and varying temperature conditions.
Cinnamon is the most important spice commodity among the spice sector. People in ancient Sri Lanka used Cinnamon for many purposes such as, medicine, spice, perfumery material & soft drink. At present the cinnamon is widely used in bakery products, pharmaceutical preparations & cosmetics worldwide. Cinnamon exports in primary form as well as in the value-added form such as cut pieces, powder form and crushed form. Cinnamon is considered as unique product exporting from Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is the world largest producer & exporter of Cinnamon to the world. Cinnamon has originated in Sri Lanka & it has unique characteristics, which can be branded under GI protection. Accordingly Ceylon Cinnamon introduced to the international market as a branded product namely “Pure Ceylon Cinnamon“ which reflects a combination of several intrinsic characteristics of Cinnamomum zeylanicum. These grow in abundance all over the island in fertile and diverse soil types and varying temperature conditions.
The above product can be exported in primary form, value added form such as gift packs, branded retail packs and powder form. In value addition companies have to use the upgraded technology for grinding and packaging of spices according to the buyers requirements.
At present companies engaged in the exports of high value products are used quality assurance at the several production stages of the raw material, preprocessing and final packing stages.
Sri Lanka has taken several steps to enhance and improve the spice industry. Processing centers have been upgraded to achieve international quality standards such as HACCP. More emphasis is given to improve agronomic practices by educating farmers on good agricultural practices. Small producers are encouraged to follow good manufacturing practices when drying and processing these products.
With the increase of international demand for natural products, and the island’s focus on enhancing and evolving its value–added range, spices will continue to be a key facet of Sri Lanka’s export income.
Important certificates for spice export purposes;
- Certificate of Origin (compulsory)
- Quarantine Certificate