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Spices Industry and Export in India

Last Updated: March, 2020

Introduction

India, known as the home of spices, boasts a long history of trading with the ancient civilisations of Rome and China. Today, Indian spices are the most sought-after globally, given their exquisite aroma, texture, taste and medicinal value. India has the largest domestic market for spices in the world. Traditionally, spices in India have been grown in small land holdings, with organic farming gaining prominence in recent times. India is the world's largest producer, consumer and exporter of spices; the country produces about 75 of the 109 varieties listed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and accounts for half of the global trading in spices.

Export highlights and key markets

  • During 2018-19, a total of 1.10 million tons of spices and spice products valued Rs 19,505.81 crore (US$ 2.80 billion) have been exported from the country as against 10,28,060 tonnes valued Rs 17,980.16 crore (US$ 2.78 billion) in 2017-18, registering an increase of 7 per cent in volume.
  • In FY20 (till December 2019), 857,400 tonnes of spices worth US$ 2.25 billion have been exported.
  • Top 10 importers of Indian spices in 2018-19 were the US, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Bangladesh, Thailand, UK, UAE, Malaysia and Sri Lanka.
  • During 2018-19, top 10 exported spices and spice products in terms of value were Chilli, Mint products, Spice Oils & Oleoresins, Cumin, Turmeric, Pepper, Curry powders/paste, Cardamom seeds, other spices (Tamarind, Asafoetida, and Cassia) and Garlic.
  • During 2018-19, India’s chilli exports stood at 468,500 tonnes, cumin exports at 180,300 tonnes, turmeric exports at 133,600 tonnes and cardamom large exports at 860 tonnes.
  • In 2019-20 (till December 2019), ginger exports showed the highest growth of 47 per cent with 19,410 tonnes followed by cardamom with 31 per cent at 1,060 tonnes and cumin with 14 per cent at 7,350 tonnes.

SPICES BOARD OF INDIA

The Spices Board of India works towards the development and worldwide promotion of Indian spices. It provides quality control and certification, registers exporters, documents trade information and provides inputs to the central government on policy matters. The board participates in major international fairs and food exhibitions to promote Indian spices, apart from organising various domestic events.

Total spices export from India stood at 1.13 billion kg, valued at US$ 3.32 billion in the year 2018-19. In FY20 (till December 2019), 857,400 tonnes of spices worth US$ 2.25 billion have been exported.

Source: Spices Board of India, APEDA

Exports of spices from India reached 857,400 tonnes worth US$ 2.25 billion in FY20 (till December 2019).

Source:
APEDA

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Spices

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Website: www.indianspices.com

Exports of spices from India reached 857,400 tonnes worth US$ 2.25 billion in FY20 (till December 2019).

Source:
APEDA

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