Export of cashew kernels , Grades & Import of Raw cashew nuts

Export of cashew kernels

(i)The process

Stages of processing

Raw cashew nuts (Seeds) ---Roasting(at 100 C for 10 mins) --- Shelling  ---

Drying (In Borma for 12 hours at 80 C)---- Cooling ---- Peeling ---Grading ---

Cashew kernels ----Packing


(ii)Grades & Specifications

Specifications of Indian cashew kernels are as per international standards  . We can offer the following grades maintaining quality parameters as per CEPC  / AFI standards according to the requirement of the customer/buyer .

White Wholes








Scorched Wholes









Dessert Wholes

SSW (Scorched wholes seconds)

DW  ( Dessert wholes)



White pieces

B (Butts)

S (Splits)

LWP(Large white pieces)

SWP(Small white pieces)

BB   (Baby Bits)

Scorched small pieces

SB (Scorched butts)

SS (Scorched splits)

SP (Scorched pieces)

SSP(Scorched small pieces)


Dessert pieces

SPS (Scorched pieces seconds)

DP (Dessert pieces)



Import of Raw cashew nuts

Cashew is adapted to warm humid tropical conditions. It can be grown in almost all types of soils from sandy to laterite and up to an elevation of 600-700 m including wastelands of low fertility. It grows and yields best in well-drained red sandy loams and light coastal sands. Heavy clay soils, poor drainage conditions, very low temperature and frost are unsuitable for the crop.

The Indian crop processed kernels are having a great demand in the world market due to its colour & taste . The Indian crop accounts to about approx 25% of the Global raw cashew nut production  .

Dormancy time May - October

Bloom period  Mid Oct - December

Development during January

Harvest season Mid February -Mid April

India is also the world’s largest importer of Raw cashew nuts to meet its processing needs. Following is the ascending order of Raw cashew nuts exporting countries on the basis of quantity ,

Ivory coast (Cote d’Ivoire) , Guinea Bissau , Indonesia , Benin , Tanzania , Ghana , Mozambique , Nigeria , Kenya , Cambodia, Guinea , Gambia , Mali etc .

It is to be also noted here the major share of the world raw cashew nuts production is imported by kerala state , in India by various processing units in & around , apart from other cashew processing states like Karnataka , Tamilnadu , AndhraPradesh , Maharashtra & Goa respectively .

Cashew Plantations in Kerala state are mainly in the North Malabar , especially Kannur & Kasargod . The other growing states in India are Andhra Pradesh , Maharashtra , Tamilnadu , Orissa, Karnataka , Goa , Gujarat & West Bengal .

In nutshell

As Importers / brokers, we import / source the best raw cashew nuts as per the requirement of the processors here, from reliable shippers in west/east africa and handle a substantial volume every year . Kindly let us receive your best offers for new crop dried raw cashew nuts in USD basis per metric tonne C&F Tuticorin / Cochin , India with full specifications including origin, outturn / yield , nutcount , moisture , foreign matters , shipment period , payment terms etc .

Usually we buy on landed weight landed quality terms , but sometimes if our representative is present at the loading area our customers may also consider shipped quality landed weight terms depending upon the circumstance . We insist to ascertain the raw nuts are dried thoroughly before stuffing onto container and to examine carefully the jute bags used are also dry to reduce moisture damage , thereby resulting in good yield .