Certification for cinnamon bark exports to Brazil finalised | Sunday Observer

Certification for cinnamon bark exports to Brazil finalised

27 September, 2020

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brasilia has finalised the certification process for the export of the Sri Lanka Cinnamon to Brazil in bark form with Brazilian authorities recently.

Sri Lankan exporters, who faced difficulties in exporting cinnamon in bark form to Brazil, can export the product by furnishing the phytosanitary certificate issued by the National Plant Quarantine Service office in Sri Lanka.

As per Brazilian Customs classification and the plant health requirements, Sri Lanka Cinnamon in bark form is listed under wood and its products category due to the nature of the product.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brasilia, has been actively engaging with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Food Supply in Brazil, known as MAPA and the Export Development Board and National Plant Quarantine Service office in Sri Lanka, over a year, to finalise the Certification Process for Sri Lankan Cinnamon.

Cinnamon has a promising market in Brazil since the product is popular in Brazilian cuisine, beverages and confectioneries. Cinnamon imports to Brazil grew from 18% during 2017-2018 but slightly decreased in 2019 as compared to 2018.

The total Cinnamon imported by Brazil in 2019 from the world is over 2,300 tons valued at 7.74 mn USD. Of Brazil’s total cinnamon imports, Sri Lanka represented a very small amount in 2015 and thereafter, no recorded export of cinnamon has taken place directly to the country in recent years. Being the key exporter of cinnamon, Indonesia supplies nearly 75% of Brazil’s need.

Sri Lanka Cinnamon exporters can claim 5% duty preference, under the GSTP Agreement from Brazil and therefore, companies interested in exporting cinnamon, should consult the Department of Commerce to receive a GSTP certificate.

Prospective exporters also need to consult the National Plant Quarantine Service office in Sri Lanka to obtain certification documents. The Embassy aims at promoting and diversifying Sri Lankan exports to the Brazilian and Latin American market.

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