Ethiopian cuisine has some unique spices and grains. I've heard that there used to be a restriction on exporting teff to control supply. I'd like to buy teff flour and berbere, and other spices. Will I have any problems?
There don't seem to be any restrictions, except that berbere (and perhaps other spices) are not allowed in hand luggage at Bole International Airport (and perhaps other Ethiopian airports) but are allowed in checked luggage.
I was told that it is difficult to buy small quantities (< 25 kg) of teff flour, but found a mill that was willing to sell a couple kilos for 17 birr/kg.
There is a sign at the security control at the departure gates at Bole Airport that says "berbere (cultural spices)" is not allowed in hand luggage. So it seems that in addition to berbere, mitmita etc would not be allowed. I cannot find the reason for this, but would be interested to know.