• Spices
    The world market for imported spices and culinary herbs is large, valued at around US$ 4 billion. Least developed countries (LDCs) such as Madagascar, Comoros and the United Republic of Tanzania earn a substantial part of their foreign exchange from spice exports. The main spices exported by the LDCs are vanilla, cloves and, cardamoms. Other major developing country exports are black pepper, ginger, paprika, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, turmeric, etc.

    Data and Research

    Expand this section to see the top exporting and importing countries for cinamon. 

Click on the thumbnail to the left to see the top cinamon exporting countries displayed on a map. 
  Click on the thumbnail to the left to see the top cinamon exporting countries displayed on a map. 
Click on the thumbnail to the left to see the top cinamon importing countries displayed on a map. 
  Click on the thumbnail to the left to see the top cinamon importing countries displayed on a map. 

    Advisory Services

    ITC’s work in this sector aims at improving the quality and quantity of spices exported by developing countries. To do so, we create strategic development plans outlining the status of the spices market in a country and explain how to overcome the challenges that will be faced in order to reach a predefined target exporting goal. This can involve working with farmers, exporters, importers, Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) and policy makers, providing training and advice.

    The work carried out in this area falls under the broad banner of the All ACP Agricultural Commodities Programme (AAACP), which was launched in September 2007 as an initiative of the European Commission and the ACP Secretariat.
     ITC create detailed strategic plans that advise how best to develop and improve a country’s spice sector. These strategic plans attempt to identify the challenges faced by that specific country in a specific spice sector and outline how best to overcome them. Strategic documents cover all aspects ranging from production to exporting.


    In this sector we carry out training programs for farmers, buyers and government officials alike. We train farmers on how to better run their production and post-production processes. Buyers are informed of how to meet regulatory requirements and made aware of the latest market trends. Officials are trained on how to work with and respond to farmers, businesses and exporters queries regarding compliance with market and buyer requirement standards as well as how to keep abreast of the latest technological advances. The training also involves giving participants the skills with which to train their contemporaries.
     For more details about our training programmes in the spices sector, please look at the links in the “information” section above. For details about a specific training project, please contact us.


    ITC maintains contact with a small group of international fruit and vegetable experts – some of them having been associated with ITC for more than ten years and whom are still available to provide services.
     For details about how to get in touch with our networks, please contact us.


    We are currently working on spice related projects in various countries around the world. An example of one is the strategic development plan we are implementing in Grenada based around the nutmeg and mace sector.
     Grenada Case Study

    Grenada’s nutmeg sector was dealt a severe blow when hit by two hurricanes in 2004 and then again in 2005. The nutmeg industry was once the main source of livelihood for the rural population and brought significant economic benefit to the country. Before the hurricanes, the industry was the major contributor to GDP, foreign exchange earnings and employment with revenue averaging EC$35 million per year between 2000 and 2004 and the spice contributed 22.5% of Grenada’s total merchandise export in 2002.

    The Grenada Nutmeg Sector Development Strategy was developed to address the revitalization of this important sector. The methodology for developing the strategy has been participatory, using the Value Chain Approach with inputs from over 70 sector stakeholders drawn from the private and public sectors. The strategy is designed to provide opportunities and potential for the sector – its stakeholders and beneficiaries. It is anticipated that its implementation will generally enhance Grenada’s economic development and will specifically contribute in a meaningful way to the rejuvenation of the rural economy.