The early colonizers of Sri Lanka exported spices to the West because they understood the importance and value of local spices it plays in various cuisine. Centuries later, Sri Lankan spices are still sought after by Westerners due to the distinct and strong flavors, and their high quality. Today, Sri Lanka is one of the leading exporters of Cinnamon, Pepper, Cloves, Nutmeg, and Cardamom. 

Selling to international markets is now at the tips of our fingers. Many sellers set up their online stores using eCommerce platforms such as their own website, Amazon, eBay, etc. when selling spices internationally. If you are a new entrant into this market, the process of shipping spices may seem confusing and complicated. So, continue reading this blog to understand how you can export spices from Sri Lanka, and learn all about spice export documentation, packing spices for export, and country regulations. 

What spices can I export? 

There is no regulation on the type of spices you can export from Sri Lanka. We help many local businesses export pepper, cloves, nutmeg, mace, cardamom, vanilla, ginger, saffron, condiments, turmeric, cinnamon, cloves, lemongrass (sera), chili, cumin, and coriander from Sri Lanka. 

Packaging your spices

The most important factor when shipping spices is to label your packages (manufacturer quality packaging) and clearly mention the date of manufacture and expiry, distributor’s details, and all the ingredients that are in your package. 

Next, when packaging the content make sure it’s packed well in a container that wouldn’t break or make your products leak. Therefore, avoid using glass jars and instead use an alternative such as polyester laminate pouches to pack your spices. And you may even use corrugated boxes as tertiary packing for added safety.  

Documentation needed to export the spices

The type of documentation varies from the type of spices, weight of the package, and the country to which you will ship it to. The spices would be shipped without any complications if all the applicable regulations have been met. 

For packages exceeding 2 kilograms, the seller must obtain a phytosanitary certification. Phytosanitary certificates are issued to show that consignments of plants, plant products, or other regulated commodities comply with phytosanitary import standards and the certifying statement of the applicable model certificate. A public official who is qualified and duly authorized by an NPPO can issue a phytosanitary certificate for export.

Country regulations for spice exports 

Regulations depend from country to country, based on the type of spice you will ship. We’ve compiled a list of spices, and the regulations you must adhere to sending them abroad.

ProductLicense/permits/Certificates Responsible Authority for License/Certificate
All SpicesCountry of Origin CertificateDepartment of Commerce/Chamber of Commerce
CinnamonLicense to use Pure Ceylon Cinnamon Logo
Compulsory pre-inspection certificate
Sri Lanka Export Development Board
Sri Lanka Standard Institution (SLSI)/ SGS Lanka Pvt Ltd

Additional documents such as filling an FDA, obtaining customs clearance and customs declaration may be required depending on the country and quantity you export. 

Cost to export spices

It’s natural that you may think exporting spices from Sri Lanka is a costly business, that’s only reserved for established businesses. However, that is a myth – almost anyone can start exporting spices from Sri Lanka, with the right practices and documentation. 

If you are concerned about the shipping rates get in touch with us to receive a custom quote depending on your spice, and the delivery country. We have helped many eCommerce-based spice sellers to take their offerings global. 

Shipping spices abroad may look complicated but it is a fairly simple process with the constant guidance and advice provided by our experts. Get in touch with us at hello@swyft.lk or +94114312525 to receive your custom quote today. 

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