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Sri Lanka Embassy finalises certification for export of Lankan Cinnamon in bark form to Brazilian market

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brasilia recently finalized the certification process for the export of Sri Lanka Cinnamon to Brazil in bark form with Brazilian Authorities,  the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. 
Accordingly, Sri Lankan exporters, who had difficulties until now in exporting Sri Lankan Cinnamon in bark form to Brazil,  can export the product by furnishing the necessary 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. In order to facilitate entry of Sri Lankan Cinnamon to the Brazilian market, 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 finalize the Certification Process for Sri Lankan Cinnamon," the Ministry said in a statement.

Cinnamon has a promising market opportunity in Brazil since the product is popular in Brazilian cuisine, beverages, and confectioneries.

The 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 2300 Tons with the value of  US$ 7.74 million.

"In the total cinnamon import of Brazil, Sri Lanka represented on 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 total cinnamon to Brazil," the statement said.

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

The prospective exporters also need to consult with the National Plant Quarantine Service office in Sri Lanka to obtain the necessary certification document.