13 Must-know requirements of importing cinnamon sticks in bulk for the US and EU markets

To enter difficult markets such as Europe and the US, cinnamon sticks in bulk exporters and importers must satisfy strict regulators and requirements. This article will give information about types of cinnamon, price and special requirements of importing cinnamon to the US and Europe markets.

Varieties of cinnamon sticks in bulk

Importers should know that cinnamon sticks in bulk come in two varieties: Cassia cinnamon and Ceylon cinnamon. Both types of cinnamon are popular and well sold in the US and EU markets. Here are some characteristics that set them apart:

Ceylon cinnamon

Ceylon cinnamon is solely grown in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is known for producing 80% of the world’s Ceylon cinnamon sticks in bulk. The color of Ceylon cinnamon is light brown and it has a very mild, soft, and delicate aroma and flavor. It has a smoother texture and is easier to break. Ceylon cinnamon is frequently used for a variety of functions, including cooking and enhancing the flavor of dishes.

Cassia cinnamon

Cassia cinnamon is deeper in color, ranging from reddish-brown to dark brown. Cassia has a harder texture and a thicker trunk, as well as a robust spicy scent; therefore, its price is cheaper than that of Ceylon cinnamon. Saigon cinnamon from Vietnam, Korintje cinnamon from Indonesia, and Cassia cinnamon from China are three specific kinds of Cassia cinnamon. Among them, Saigon cinnamon sticks in bulk are frequently praised for their excellent flavor and good quality.

Which countries produce cinnamon sticks in bulk the most?

Cinnamon trees live in tropical South Asia, where the climate is warm with high humidity. Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Indonesia, and China are the four countries with the biggest cinnamon sticks in bulk supply in the world.

Sri Lanka

About 80% of Ceylon cinnamon sticks in bulk volume in the world come from Sri Lanka. Due to its hard cultivation and high quality, Ceylon cinnamon sticks are frequently more valuable than Cassia cinnamon. Because of the delicate and flowery flavor of Ceylon cinnamon, customers from Mexico, the United States, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador commonly purchase cinnamon sticks in bulk from Sri Lanka.


Saigon cinnamon, one of three types of Cassia cinnamon, is produced in large quantities in Vietnam.


Cinnamon production in Vietnam

Customers all around the world prefer Saigon cinnamon because it is claimed to have the richest flavor and maximum essential oil content. Vietnam supplies various kinds of cinnamon such as cinnamon cigarette, tube cinnamon, split cinnamon or broken cinnamon. Yen Bai, Tra Mi, Que Phong, and Quang Ninh are all spots locating the good cinnamon factories that produce cinnamon sticks in bulk in Vietnam. India, the United States, Indonesia, Bangladesh, and South Korea are some common markets of Vietnam cinnamon.


Indonesia is famous for cultivating Korintje cinnamon sticks in bulk, which is both cheap to farm and import. Korintje has a smoother surface and is less bitter than Saigon and Cassia cinnamon. It is also the second-highest rich in essential oil after Saigon cinnamon. Cinnamon sticks in bulk in Indonesia are mainly produced in the Kerinci area on the island of Sumatra, which is noted for its incredible quality due to a variety of reasons including its high oil content. Indonesia has mostly exported cinnamon sticks in bulk to countries such as the United States, the Netherlands, Vietnam, Brazil, and others.


China is a major producer of Cassia cinnamon sticks in bulk. The flavor of Cassia cinnamon is spicy and somewhat bitter. Chinese cinnamon, on the other hand, is not prized for its flavour, oil content or quality. Because of its strong and bitter aroma, it is not widely used in many nations and is mostly used in Chinese medical products. Bangladesh, Vietnam, Pakistan, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia are China’s main customers for cinnamon sticks in bulk.

Here is the cinnamon exported value of the above countries in 2021:


Cinnamon export value by country in 2021

China is currently the biggest cinnamon exporter in the world, followed by Vietnam, Sri Lanka and Indonesia

Price of cinnamon sticks in bulk

Since cinnamon trees can be produced at any time of year, the cinnamon wholesale price is quite steady. In reality, the cost of cinnamon sticks in bulk can vary, although not much. Below are some factors that decide the price level of cinnamon in bulk:


Consumers around the world tend to prefer the lightly sweet and mild taste of cinnamon. Ceylon cinnamon has the greatest price among cinnamon kinds not only because of its difficult cultivation but also because of the mildest flower scent, and ease of breaking that is suitable for cooking. Meanwhile, Cassia cinnamon is cheaper because of its stronger taste

Oil essential level

Indonesian cinnamon sticks in bulk have a little oil essential content (about 0.215 %). However, the best cinnamon stick should have an oil essential level of around 4% to make it more aromatic, spicy, and sweeter. Vietnamese cinnamon, on the other hand, contains up to 6% oil essential, which is two times more than Cassia cinnamon from China and Indonesia. As a result, Vietnamese cinnamon is more valuable than cinnamon from China or Indonesia.


Cinnamaldehyde is one of the most important components in high-quality cinnamon since it is essential for the spicy and aromatic scent. In comparison with other types of cinnamon, cinnamon sticks in bulk from Vietnam and China have the highest levels of Cinnamaldehyde. However, Chinese cinnamon sticks in bulk are often bitter, have lower quality, and are less expensive than Vietnamese cinnamon.

For your reference, this is the price list of Cassia cinnamon products produced by K-Agriculture:


Cinnamon wholesale price list

Tips to find reliable cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers

Want to learn more about finding dependable cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers? Check out the solutions provided below!

Validity of cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers

Long-term collaboration requires two parties to have a high level of mutual trust. There are a few elements to consider while determining if they are scam cinnamon exporters or not:

  • Check that the cinnamon sticks in bulk supplier have a valid business license, a real address, and enough contact information.
  • Determine whether cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers can guarantee commodity supply and have a good partnership with their partners in the past.
  • Check the current contracts to ensure that the supplier’s business practices are legal

Customer service

To keep their good reputation, cinnamon sticks in bulk manufacturers must provide good international customer services. A good or bad experience can significantly influence the customer’s perception of the supplier.

  • Cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers should be willing to supply cinnamon samples for their partners so that their partners can evaluate the quality of cinnamon.
  • Credible cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers will legally prepare a formal contract for buyers that specifies the product quality, documentation, mode of delivery, and mode of payment.
  • Cinnamon sticks in bulk exporters must accept responsibility as well. If a poor-quality cinnamon product is discovered after shipment, professional cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers will fix the situation in accordance with the agreements and return policies.


Price consistency: There should be no discrepancy between the price agreed upon in the negotiation and the price on the commercial invoice. If the price changes, cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers must notify buyers in advance and change the contract with the agreement of both parties.


Payment modes

Payment transparency: Commercial invoices from cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers should be given on time and should be simple for customers to read and understand.

Time of delivery

Another factor to consider when determining the capacity of cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers is their delivery time. Cinnamon sticks in bulk providers frequently take 10 to 15 days to have the commodities prepared. Factors such as labor shortages, raw material shortages, transportation breakdowns, human errors, and natural disasters can all cause the delay of the shipment. Be cautious if the cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers can prepare a large quantity of goods (about several containers) in a short period of time. It could be an indication of fraudulent cinnamon sticks in bulk suppliers.

Special requirements for importing cinnamon sticks in bulk to the US and Europe markets


1/ Cinnamon imports are subject to be inspected by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which determines their admissibility. You can contact FDA via email or phone number 1-888-463-6332 to get more detailed instructions about importing cinnamon

2/Prior Notice is required for all commercial imports of cinnamon, and foreign suppliers of cinnamon products must enroll with the FDA before their goods can be accepted. There are two ways of submitting Prior Notice:

  • The United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP, previously the United States Customs Service) will allow Prior Notice to be sent to FDA using the current CBP-FDA interface.
  • Individuals or businesses that do not want to file via CBP might use the Prior Notice System Interface (PNSI). For PNSI applications, buyers have to include Prior Notice for delivery via international mail

3/ Duty is levied on the purchase price of the products, excluding freight and insurance expenses. Countries having FTA with the US that provides duty-free entry of cinnamon products do not need to pay duty. Countries with normal commercial relations with the US also have no need to pay duty for cinnamon in bulk products. On the other hand, countries that do not belong to 2 above categories have no need to pay duty for Neither crushed nor ground cinnamon (HS code: 090611 and 090619) but pay 11¢/kg for Crushed nor ground cinnamon (HS code: 090620)

4/ Phytosanitary certificate: To import agricultural products, the importer must apply for an import permit from APHIS and aquire for a phytosanitary certificate from the exporting country to verify that the products have been inspected for quality before being exported.


5/ Phytosanitary certificate: Not required for cinnamon sticks in bulk products imported to European markets

6/ Quality: The legal European requirements for quality of Neither crushed nor ground cinnamon (HS code: 090611 and 090619) are:

  • Ash: max 7%
  • Acid Insoluble Ash: max 2%
  • Moisture: max 14%
  • Volatile oil: min 0.7-0.1%

The volatile oil content is the most important factor in determining the quality of cinnamon. Depending on the type of cinnamon, there are different quality standards. Take Cassia cinnamon from Indonesia as examples: KA: 2.5% – 3.0%, KB: 2.0 – 2.5%, KC: below 2.0%

7/ Labelling: Cinnamon sticks in bulk products have to include the below information on the package:

  • Product name
  • Manufacturer name and address
  • Batch number
  • Date of manufacture
  • Producing country
  • Harvest time (month-year)
  • Net weight
  • Other information that may be required

8/ Packaging: Whole cinnamon sticks in bulk must be packed in jute, cloth bonded with polyethene or polypropylene, or high-density polyethene bags that are clean and dry. Cinnamon powder can be packaged in clean and dry containers made of glass, tin, or aluminium, or in pouches composed of laminated, metallized, multilayered food-grade plastic. Insect infestation, fungus contamination, unpleasant odors and items that may alter the flavor of cinnamon must all be avoided in the containers.


Cinnamon package

9/ Food safety: All of the cinnamon sticks in bulk products imported to Europe must comply with the General Food Law and HACCP food safety management principles. You should check these regulations carefully before importing cinnamon sticks in bulk to Europe

10/ Mycotoxins: Because styrene is not harmful at regular quantities of daily intake, there is no maximum limit for styrene in cinnamon sticks in bulk. Cinnamon naturally contains styrene (0.1 mg/kg). When cinnamon is exposed to extreme heat and high humidity during drying, storage, and transportation, the amount of styrene can rise dramatically (up to 40 mg/kg). However, when levels are above 20 mg/kg, a strange odor may spoil the flavor of cinnamon.

11/ Salmonella: The presence of salmonella is the reason for the majority of cinnamon sticks in bulk rejections by European customs authorities. In European legislation, there are no specific salmonella standards for spices and herbs. However, according to Article 11 of the General Food Law, food products in European markets must be safe. As a result, if salmonella is discovered in cinnamon sticks in bulk products, they will be banned from the market. To prevent salmonella and other types of microbiological contamination, steam sterilisation is the preferred method.

12/ Food additives: Spices must not include any artificial colors. Sulphur dioxide (SO2) fumigation is permitted in the production of Ceylon cinnamon sticks in bulk, with a maximum residue level of 150 mg/kg. However, SO2 fumigation is not applied to other types of cinnamon. Cinnamon sticks in bulk can also be purposely contaminated with things like low-grade bark for financial benefit. For these cases of food fraud, European Union and other European governments are applying stricter regulations and sanctions

13/ Irradiation: Cinnamon is allowed to be irradiated. Irradiation is a safe method of killing organisms that badly affect the flavor of cinnamon sticks in bulk. The maximum amount of absorbed radiation dose is restricted to 10 kGy. Non-irradiated items are often preferred by consumers, so this method is rarely used.

K-Agriculture is proud to be one of the leading wholesalers of cinnamon in Vietnam. We supply various types of cinnamon in bulk, including stick cinnamon, tube cinnamon, cigarette cinnamon, split cinnamon and broken cinnamon. We have long-time experience in exporting cinnamon to over 40 countries.


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