Made for Germany

Cost and risk-effective sourcing from new markets

Neutral, competent, cost-effective

You are planning to import? Fresh fruit and vegetables? Cut flowers? Technical wood? Natural ingredients for foods, pharmaceutics, cosmetics? We have the contacts you need and are at your side throughout the entire sourcing process. 

We network you with the right exporters.

Accessing new sources of supply is labour intensive and time consuming. There are plenty of risks and unknowns. You  can reduce your initiation, agreement and control costs with the Import Promotion Desk. Gain certainty and time as we have the contacts, information and communication channels to your new foreign suppliers.

Hand in hand with the German private sector

The IPD is an initiative of the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen e.V.) and sequa gGmbH – the development organisation of German industry. We are funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

OUR SERVICE PORTFOLIO

  • Buying missions
  • Trade fairs
  • Business contacts
  • Market potential analyses
  • Training/consulting

»Our recipe for success is to focus on sustainability«

Interview with Dr. Julia Hoffmann – Head of Import Promotion Desk
Dr. Julia Hoffmann explains why supporting exports is an essential instrument in international development cooperation and outlines the IPD’s strategy for opening up the German and European markets to developing countries.

Read the entire interview

»With the IPD we are closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade: By eliminating trade barriers and information deficits, we contribute to the improved participation of emerging and developing countries in the global economy, but also support German SMEs in developing new procurement markets.«

Gregor Wolf
Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA)

»It is important for developing countries and emerging nations to integrate into international value chains and thus obtain access to new sales markets. This is where the IPD makes a valuable contribution: it opens the German and European market to producers from these regions.«

Anja Gomm
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

»Despite modern communication methods, exporters in developing countries often have no access to importers. Import trade offers manufacturers in developing countries the ideal platform for tackling complex markets and thus secure their business in a competitive and sustainable manner. The IPD is a professional platform dedicated to this idea.«

Christoph G. Schmitt
Latein America Association

»The IPD is a useful instrument for importers of vegetable raw materials and can provide considerable support for the commodities sourcing process of these companies«

Lutz Düshop
Association of Companies participating in the Drug and Chemical Wholesale and Foreign Trade (Drugs and Chemical Association, VDC) 

»Global trade and a healthy balance of trade are equivalent to the promotion of imports. With the IPD, this subject is addressed for the first time.«

Peter Tuchel
Firma Tuchel & Sohn GmbH

»Exporters from emerging markets and developing countries and importers from Europe depend on all types of support from associations, Chambers of Industry and Commerce and other BMOs.The IPD is another useful tool to bring partners from Germany and abroad together.«

Hans Udo Bürk
Biotropic GmbH

NEWS

 
Bonn/Nuremberg // 13.02.2017

BIOFACH: Import Promotion Desk brings organic products to Germany

From certification to market launch of organic products – the IPD supports companies from developing and emerging nations

Bonn, February 13, 2017 – „Organic – that is the sales argument on the market for natural ingredients companies from developing and emerging nations can profit from“, says Angie Martinez from the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). As a partner for import promotion, the IPD brings organic products from developing and emerging nations to Germany: at the BIOFACH trade fair in Nuremberg, companies from Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia will present their extensive portfolio of organic products. „Experience has shown that the demand for organic produce is on the rise in Germany and Europe. At the same time, there is a great deal of untapped potential in developing and emerging nations", comments Martinez. The IPD assists companies from these countries in tapping this potential, supports them throughout the certification process and connects suppliers from developing and emerging markets with German importers.

 
Hannover/Bonn // 19.01.2017

DOMOTEX 2017: IPD exporters successfully at the Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017

Bonn/Hannover, 19th January 2017 – The Peruvian wood processing companies, presented by the IPD, exhibited successfully their products at the DOMOTEX, the leading trade fair for floor covering in Hannover, and made numerous promising contacts with European importers.
Not only importers showed a deep interest in the wooden floors from Peru, but even the jury of the Innovations@DOMOTEX, which every year showcases the most creative products and design highlights, was enthusiastic about the innovative products.   

The “Marine Floor” of Maderera Bozovich convinced thanks to its authentic look. The floor is laid by using a black sealant, which lends it the typical appearance of a ship`s deck. The tropical wood is 100% FSC-certified.
Pacific Wood brought the “Antique Rustique Decking” to the trade fair, a floor characterized by filled-in knots and unevenness that constitute the beauty of these used-look boards. The 100% FSC-certified tropical timber is processed entirely in Peru, securing jobs there.
Furthermore, the "Munay Deck" by Maderera Río Acre convinced the jury of the Innovations@DOMOTEX. These boards for outdoor use are composed from smallest battens of wood that normally end up as waste or are used as poor-quality cheap products. “Munay Deck” has a surface with interesting structure and convinces with the sustainability of the material.

For further information about Peruvian exporters, please contact

Frank Maul

www.domotex.de

Bonn/Frankfurt // 04.12.16
 
Bonn/Frankfurt // 04.12.16

Market potential for Kyrgyz goods

“Natural products from Central Asia” – this was the topic of the Kyrgyzstan Forum, to which invitations were issued by the IPD together with the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations and the Kyrgyz Chamber of Commerce and Industry within the context of Health Ingredients Europe.
The podium discussion focused on the potential of Kyrgyz goods and the outlook for trade relations with local companies. After the opening speech by Kyrgyz ambassador Erines Otorbaev, representatives of the German business community and Kyrgyz companies had an animated discussion on the opportunities for Kyrgyz products on the German and European markets. The natural origin of many Kyrgyz agricultural products was considered to be a positive distinction by the participants, since it brings major opportunities in the organic sector. However, many Kyrgyz producers still lack knowledge on how agricultural goods are certified and correctly documented – and this is exactly where the IPD provides support to the producers in the form of training courses and seminars. The Kyrgyz producers particularly appreciated the fact that since the beginning of 2016 the EU has accepted Kyrgyzstan into the EU GSP+ preferences system – a regulatory instrument granting preferential customs conditions for goods from developing countries. This means a complete suspension of customs duties for Kyrgyz goods, which will facilitate exports considerably.

Events

Trade Fair in London // 04. - 06.04.2017
 
Trade Fair in London // 04. - 06.04.2017

In-cosmetics 2017

Diversity from Nepal and Tunisia

Exporters from Nepal and Tunisia showcase new, exotic ingredients for the cosmetics industry at the in-cosmetics – the leading trade fair for personal care ingredients.
This year the IPD brings at the trade fair carefully selected and competitive companies from Nepal, who present among others essential oils from the Himalaya regions of Annapurna and Humla. The oils are obtained from natural plants growing between 4000 and 6000 meters above sea level (e.g. jatamansi, rhododendron, Sichuan pepper, Chiuri butter).
Tunisia will introduce a rich assortment of essential oils (rosemary, myrtle, wild Thymian).

All exporters are equipped with the certificates required for the European market and familiar with the demands of European trade.

The IPD provides direct contact with European importers and organises b2b meetings at the trade fair.

For questions please contact:

Nicole Buizer

www.in-cosmetics.com

Buying mission to Egypt // 21. - 25.04.2017
 
Buying mission to Egypt // 21. - 25.04.2017

Buying fruit and vegetables from Egypt

Meet reliable, new suppliers!
Examine products and quality on-site in Egypt!

UNIDO – the United Nations Industrial Development Organization – organizes, in cooperation with the Import Promotion Desk (IPD), a buying mission to Egypt in the framework of the Food Africa Trade Fair. Proof the high-quality offer of Egyptian producers ranging from strawberries, mangoes, pumpkins, artichokes, beans and salads to pomegranates, peppers, grapes and tomatoes, both conventional and organic.

Your benefit:

  • Direct contact with carefully selected producers
  • Tailored-made b2b meetings at the Food Africa Trade Fair
  • Inspection of production sites of selected suppliers in different regions
  • Individual adjustment of the mission to suit your needs: Inquire with us, if we can integrate suppliers of your desired product into the travel plan!
  • Exchange and networking with other European traders and buyers

We recommend a quick registration. Only a few places are still available.

For registration or further information, please contact:

Husam Al Dakak

Buying mission to Nepal // 11.11. - 17.11.2017
 
Buying mission to Nepal // 11.11. - 17.11.2017

Essential oils, herbs and spices from the highest mountains

Reduce your sourcing costs!
Increase your contacts in Nepal!


The Import Promotion Desk organizes a buying mission to Nepal. This mission gives you the opportunity to find out more about innovative products for the food and cosmetics sector. Check the quality of the Nepalese offer. You will find essential oils like anthopogon oil, chamomile oil, jatamansi oil, and herbs and spices, e.g. ginger, turmeric, Szechuan and long pepper.
We arrange for you visits with new suppliers - according to your needs.

For any question beforehand please contact:
Nicole Buizer

PUBLICATIONS

Brochure (only in German)
 
Brochure (only in German)

BGA Broschüre Import

Import - Garant für Deutschlands Wirtschaftsstärke

Die Bedeutung der Importe für den deutschen Außenhandel wird vielfach unterschätzt. Das spiegelt sich auch in der Außenwirtschaftsförderung Deutschlands wider: Unternehmen werden bei der Erschließung neuer Absatzmärkte unterstützt. Die Suche nach neuen ausländischen Lieferanten hingegen wird kaum gefördert. Dies ist nicht mehr zeitgemäß. Durch die fortschreitende Globalisierung werden Importe immer wichtiger für die deutsche Volkswirtschaft.

Der Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen (BGA) möchte mit dieser Broschüre auf die zunehmende Bedeutung von Einfuhren für das Wirtschaftsmodell Deutschlands aufmerksam machen. Mit der Errichtung des Import Promotion Desk ist dem BGA gemeinsam mit Partnern der Einstieg in die entwicklungsorientierte Importförderung gelungen. Der BGA setzt sich dafür ein, dass die Importförderung in Deutschland weiter verstärkt wird.

Herausgeber: Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen (BGA)

 
Success Story

Ethiopian Union of Cooperatives - ready for export to Europe

The Union of Cooperatives Meki Batu from Ethiopia is to exhibit for the first time at Berlin’s “Fruit Logistica”
in February 2017. For two years, the Import Promotion Desk has been working intensely with the union – which
comprises over 8,000 Ethiopian farmers – to prepare them for the exhibition debut. For Meki Batu Union, participating in the exhibition is a decisive step in their strategic plan to enter the German and European markets and establish long-term trade relations.

 
Brochure

Indonesia`s Timber Legality Assurance System

Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system or the SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu) was developed to ensure sustainability of Indonesia’s forests by promoting legal trade of timber. This system was developed since 2001 through multi-stakeholders consultations involving civil society, the government and the private sector.
The SVLK provides incentives for legality and sustainability by promoting market access for verified legal products and blocking market access for illegal products. The SVLK also promotes broader governance reforms, such as improved information, transparency, capacity, and community rights.
Under the SVLK, Indonesian timber is deemed legal when its origin, production, processing, transport and trade are verified meeting all applicable Indonesian laws and regulations.

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