Spices Industry and Export in India

Last Updated: July, 2018


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

  • Total spices export from India stood at 1.08 billion kgs, valued at US$ 3.11 billion in the year 2017-18.
  • Major importers of Indian spices are US, Vietnam, China, UAE, Iran, Thailand, UK, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia and Germany
  • Top spices produced in the country include pepper, cardamom, chilli, ginger, turmeric, coriander, cumin, celery, fennel, fenugreek, ajwain, dill seed, garlic, tamarind, clove, and nutmeg among others.
  • During April-December 2017, India’s chilli exports grew 36 per cent y-o-y to 353,400 tonnes, cumin exports increased 15 per cent y-o-y to 104,260 tonnes, small cardamom exports rose 44 per cent y-o-y to 4,180 tonnes and garlic exports advance 92 per cent y-o-y to 37,830 tonnes.


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.

The total export of spices in 2017-18 stood at US$ 3.10 billion

Source: Spices Board of India

The total export of spices increased 6 per cent to reach US$ 2.63 billion in the year 2016-17.

Spices Board of India

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The total export of spices increased 6 per cent to reach US$ 2.63 billion in the year 2016-17.

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Spices Industry in India