Import of Almonds (EXIM) export-Import

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<ul><li> 1. GENERAL CHARACTERISTICS Almonds, though considered to be nuts are technically the seed of the fruit of the almond tree, which is a medium-sized tree that bears fragrant pink and white flowers. Almonds unshelled Shelled Blanched </li></ul> <p> 2. Almonds Bitter Sweet 3. GLOBAL USAGE Confectionery, energy bars, bakery Salad dressings Non-food (e.g., cosmetics, moisturizer) Sauce thickener Perfect for making almond butter or marzipan Snacking 4. SCENARIO The annual Global Sweet almond production on shelled-basis has been in the range of 7 - 8.5 lakh tonnes Major producing Countries California Australia turkey chile european union China India 5. The annual trade in almonds has been around 4.6 lakh tonnes (on shelled basis) in the recent years. The major exporters 0 50000 100000 150000 200000 250000 300000 350000 400000 450000 500000 US Australia Chile 6. MAJOR IMPORTERS 0 5000 10000 15000 20000 25000 30000 35000 40000 45000 50000 India Japan China Turkey 7. Almonds 70% Walnuts 18% Pistachios 6% Pecans 4% Hazelnuts 1% Other Nuts 1% Source: USDA, Economic Research Service, Fruit &amp; Tree Nut Situation and Outlook. COMPETING NUTS MARKETABLE PRODUCTION 2011/12 8. Indian Scenario 9. Almonds are an integral part of Indias cultural and culinary heritage, and are considered a prized brain food for children. They are also a key ingredient in traditional Indian sweets known as Mithai, as well as popular for gifting during the Diwali festive season. 10. INDIAN SCENARIO The annual rate of increase in India's domestic consumption of almonds is reported to be around 20%. &gt; 95% of almonds consumed by Indians is imported 80% of imports being sourced from California &amp; rest from Australia Production 1200tons only Non-descript variety-Bitter Almond India imports almonds with shells and processes it domestically to obtain shelled almonds 11. Most of the manual shelling of almonds in India is undertaken at Bombay and New Delhi, from where the shelled almonds are transported to other consumption centers The Indian festival season extending from September to December is the peak consumption period for almonds, with maximum demand witnessed in November In the 2011-12 financial year India imported 74,600 tonnes of almonds 12. WHY CALIFORNIA India now imports over $100 million worth of almond, especially from California, making it the number-one US export to India United States of America is the single largest producer, consumer and exporter of Sweet almonds, with the country contributing to over 80% of the global almond production India is the fastest growing market for California almonds because of their high protein value in a meatless society. 13. DOCUMENTS REQUIRED Food Law/ Standard Certificate Prevention of food adulteration Act(PFA) Health and Sanitary Certificate License from FSSAI For all units that process fruits and vegetables For irradiated food Import declaration in the prescribed Bill of Entry format, disclosing the value of the imported goods Import License Certificate from port health authority that the product conforms to standard of PFA 14. CONTD Standards declaration Name and address of manufacturer/packer/importer Name/trade name/description of product Ingredients in descending order Net quantity(metric units) Month and year of manufacturing/packing County of origin MRP Nutritional labelling Shelf life 15. Pesticide residue and other contaminants Insecticide act 1986 Registered pesticides use Packaging and container regulations All weights or measures in metric units Use of PVC not allowed in packaging Port of Entry Inspection The clearance of imported food products at the port of entry requires a certification form the port health authority </p>

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