Spices, Aromatic Drugs and Pharmaceutical Crops (SIC 01280)

Trade and Stock Finance for Spices, Aromatic Drugs and Pharmaceutical Crops

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What is Spice, Aromatic, Drug and Pharmaceutical Crop Finance?

Spices are one of the world’s oldest traded commodities. The volume of spices traded globally has grown steadily over the past decade, coupled with increasing demand for complex crops, herbs and spices from pharmaceutical industries and consumers in emerging market economies. As average order volumes rise and production becomes ever more industrialised, Trade Finance Global can help manage the increasingly complex transactions underpinning these exchanges.

Trade in Spices, Aromatic, Drug and Pharmaceutical Crops

The global market for seasonings, spices and herbs is booming, with total production nearing US$6.5bn per year. Supported by growing demand in food service and growing consumer fascination for different cuisines, the total flavouring markets maintain an upward trend in volumes and values. Moreover, global production of herbal, aromatic and medicinal plants is also increasing, largely as a result of rising interest in alternative health products. These commodities are processed into a wide variety of health foods, preventative medicines and alternative products (such as capsules, teas, tablets, oils and creams) and sold as over the counter remedies to common health problems.

These products are often grown and processed outside of the UK and EU, and can subsequently be subject to stringent constrictions on the quality and volume of receivable which can be imported and extensive customs checks – complex, when time is of the essence to preserve the quality of the receivable. However, Trade Finance Global can expedite these trade transactions using its proven support structure for international traders. Underpinned by private finance on flexible repayment terms, businesses can be assured goods are moving through supply chains, processing plants and ports through a series of performance-based payment structures including performance bonds or bank payment obligations, and teams can advise on appropriate transportation and warehousing solutions for these complex products.

Products financed

Key products financed include:

  • Pepper
  • Capsicum
  • Ginger
  • Vanilla
  • Pimento
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Oregano
  • Opiates
  • Borage
  • Hemp
Spice Producer Finance Requirements
  • Your accounts receivable are profitable and stable
  •  It is appropriate for you and your business to take on credit obligations
  •  A trusted buyer or seller has been identified for the venture you wish to undertake
How the transaction works

The production, processing, customs and regulatory dimensions of these products vary hugely between each one. Conducting transactions across international borders can be daunting for relatively inexperienced traders. More experienced businesses relying on these commodities as part of just in time supply chains can also find themselves exposed to a significant amount of operational risk due to these factors as even minor delays cause costly issues further along in the production process. Trade financiers can help mitigate this operational risk; their low capital requirements and flexible terms of repayment are more appropriate to highly capitalised producers, and their ability to construct bespoke financial products can help facilitate potentially complex transactions and reduce operational risk.

What is the SIC Code for Trade in Spice, Aromatic, Drug and Pharmaceutical Crops?

Businesses engaged in the growing of spice, aromatic, drug and pharmaceutical crops are all covered by a single SIC code – 01280.

Businesses engaged in the manufacture or wholesaling of related products are covered by separate codes and may require alternative trade finance support:

10840   Manufacture of condiments and seasonings
21100   Manufacture of basic pharmaceutical products
21200   Manufacture of pharmaceutical preparations
20420   Manufacture of perfumes and toilet preparations
46370   Wholesale of coffee, tea, cocoa and spices
46450   Wholesale of perfume and cosmetics
46460   Wholesale of pharmaceutical goods


Full tariff schedules for spicearomaticdrug and pharmaceutical crops can be found on gov.uk.


Case Study

Seed Oil, Pharmaceutical Crop Finance

One farm in Herefordshire grows a range of crops supporting the alternative health trade and processes several thousand tonnes of seed into oils on site each year. Trade Finance Global was able to locate appropriate finance of flexible terms for them to import large quantities of pharmaceutical seed crop in order to fulfil a large order from a new client, who was a reputable retailer. This resulted in record annual profits for the business.

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  •  Access to a wider market of suppliers across international borders
  •  Open up new markets for existing products
  •  Bespoke finance solutions to underpin profitable growth for your products


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Sheena is responsible for the TFG Weekly Trade Briefings at Trade Finance Global (TFG).

She loves the digitalisation of trade and is fascinated about its impact on day to day transactions.

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