If you import dried chilli and chilli products from India (or another country and the chilli is from India) then you need to be aware that there are specific import rules to comply with.

Before Export – Your goods must be analysed to check for the presence of aflatoxin* and you will need to get an analytical report to prove this. You will also need to get a health certificate issued by the Government in India.

To apply for import – send Port Health the original analytical report and health certificate, and a Common Entry Document. You will also have to make a payment for the checks.

Chilli Products – The law applies to all products that are made of 20% or more dried Capsicum annuum. This includes all chilli powder and some hot curry powders and spice mixes.

*aflatoxin is a toxin produced by certain species of mould which has been found to cause liver damage and cancer.

No certificates- no import

From 1 September 2016, if you present any chilli products for import and you do not have a health certificate and analytical report your import will be refused. You will not be allowed the option of Port Health carrying out the sampling and analysis on your behalf, you will be required to re-dispatch your goods or have them destroyed.

Issues to watch out for**

  • Certificate Validity – Make sure that your health certificate is valid at the time of import. Health Certificates can only be accepted as valid for 4 months from the date of issue. Some certificates are given validation periods of less than 4 months.
  • Consignment codes – the law requires your consignment to have a code, which must be marked on the packaging, health certificate and results of sampling and analysis. A lot number can satisfy this requirement.
  • Certifying all the products – Each consignment (lot/ type of product) requires its own CED, health certificate and analytical report. E.g. hot chilli powder and mild chilli powder would be made from different raw materials and should be tested and certified separately.

Failure to comply with these requirements could result in your consignment being refused import.

** Applies to all products regulated under Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No 884/2014