Chia Seed

Chia Seed

Chia is an annual herb plant growing up to 1m tall.  It has attractive purple or white flowers. The flowers spike up to 10cm long, set on terminal stems, and fill out to a seed head (that is similar in appearance to a wheat seed head) with pin-head sized, brown, shiny chia seeds. Plants adapt to a wide range of soils, climates and minimal rainfall.

Chia seeds are typically small ovals with a diameter of about 1mm (0.039in). They are mottle-colored with brown, gray, black and white.

Its health benefits are well documented. The seeds contain one of the highest known sources of Essential Fatty Acids (EFA), as linolenic acid (LNA) 30-60%, and linoleic acid (LA) 30%. EFAs are the highest source of energy in nutrition and govern many life processes in the body. The mucilaginous properties of the seeds have a swelling action, similar to guar or psyllium as a bulking agent and fibre source. Chia has a calcium content 5 times that of milk.

Chia seed products available:

  • White Chia Seed
  • Black Chia Seed
  • Milled Chia Seed
  • Chia Seed flour
  • De-fatted Chia Seed flour
  • Chia Seed Oil
  • Conventional and organic

Chia Seed


White Chia Seed


Milled Chia Seed


Chia Seed Flour


Chia Seed Oil


Certifications & Documentation


NPOP & USDA-NOP Organic Certification

ISO 9001:2008 Certification


Kosher / Halal Certified

Standard Documentation:

Certificate of Origin

Third party quality control certificate / inspection report

Shipping documents (Commercial Invoice, Bills of lading, Packing list)

Phytosanitary Certificate

Tariff Codes, Duties and Import Info

Import information for Chia Seed

Commodity Code: 1207992090 (source)

12 Oil seeds and oleaginous fruits; miscellaneous grains, seeds and fruit; industrial or medicinal plants; straw and fodder
07 Other oil seeds and oleaginous fruits, whether or not broken
99.2090 Seeds, Other

Import Duties for Chia Seed

Duties vary based on country of origin and importing country.

Paraguay > EU/UK: 0.00% (source)
Argentina > EU/UK: 0.00% (source)

Paraguay > USA: Duty Free (source)
Argentina > USA: Duty Free (source)

Customs in your country makes the final determination of what the correct rate of duty is for all products imported and you should consult a customs broker or professional to determine the up to date and applicable duties for this product in your country.


Packaging & Shipping

Chia Seed Shipping Instructions

Risks: Chia has a high risk of damage from humidity during shipping.

Packaging: The recommended packaging is multiwall paper bags, 25kg/50lbs.

Labelling: TradeLink can provide this product with personalized labels.

Shipping: Sea freight dry container, lined with kraft paper or corrugated cardboard and use moisture control packs to absorb condensation during transit.

Quantity per container:

  • 20 metric tonnes (not palletised) in 20ft container
  • 20 metric tonnes palletised in 40ft high cube (40 25kg bags per pallet, 20 pallets)


Sample Product Specifications

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Country of Origin: Mainly Paraguay & Argentina

Appearance: Round, small dark, black, dark brown seeds approx 1.5mm -2.0mm round.

Taste: Typical of Chia, fresh, no off flavours.

Texture: Hard

Colour: Overall appearance is black

Packaging: 25kg multi ply paper sacks labelled with Packer, Product Description, Net weight, Organic
Certification Details and Lot Number

Typical Analysis:
Purity 99.9%
Damaged  <0.3%
Off-colour <0.1%
Insect infestation, part of insects Nil

Microbiological Standards:
Moisture 4g/100g sample

E.coli <10
Salmonella spp absent in 25g
Yeasts <1000
Moulds <2000
Listeria absent in 25g

Nutritional Information (per 100g):
Energy, 574kj
Protein 18-20g
Carbohydrates 12g per serving
Total Oils 25-26%
Omega 3 oils 17.5% of total oils above.
Fibre 34-36g

Metal Detection: 1.0mm Ferrous, 1.0mm Non Ferrous & 1.5mm Stainless Steel
Shelf Life: 12 months from date of delivery, stored in air cooled, brick built warehouse with appropriate vermin controls in place.

Quality: This product shall be free from live infestation, and evidence of infestation by rodents or birds. It shall not contain pathogens at levels injurious to human health, and will comply with the requirements of the Food Safety Act 1990, and all pertinent regulations made thereunder.

Specifications for Chia Seed Oil and Chia Seed Flour

Nutritional Facts Label for Chia Seed



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