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

 
Switzerland // 06.04.2017

Strong IPD partner in Switzerland: SIPPO under a new flag

Effective immediately, the Swiss Import Promotion Program (SIPPO) that is financed by SECO to promote imports from developing and emerging countries will be implemented by the Swisscontact Foundation. With a changed project approach in the partner countries, long-term stable export structures will be strengthened.

Over the last few years, the IPD has worked closely with the previous program which was implemented by Switzerland Global Enterprise. Under the new mandate of Swisscontact, the IPD will also use synergies through close cooperation with SIPPO to provide an extensive range of services for German importers and exporters in the IPD partner countries. First joint activities are already planned.

Further information on the swisscontact foundation and SIPPO is available here

 
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

Events

Buying mission to South America // 20. - 27.09.2017
 
Buying mission to South America // 20. - 27.09.2017

International buying: Processed fruit and vegetables from South America

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

The Import Promot Desk organizes a buying mission to Colombia and Peru. This mission gives you the opportunity to find out more about innovative products in the processed fruit & vegetable sector. Proof the high-quality offer of South America - ranging from IQF fruit and vegetables (e.g. pineapples, avocados, mangoes) through dried fruit and vegetables (freeze dried and air dried) to fruit pulps.

Your benefit:

  • Direct contact with carefully selected producers
  • Tailored-made b2b meetings at the Expoalimentaria Trade Fair in Lima/Peru
  • Inspection of production sites of selected suppliers
  • Exchange and networking with other European traders and buyers

For further information, please contact:

Nicole Buizer

Buying mission to Nepal // 11. - 17.11.2017
 
Buying mission to Nepal // 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

Trade Fair in Cologne // 16. – 19.05.2017
 
Trade Fair in Cologne // 16. – 19.05.2017

interzum 2017

Focus on Indonesia: high-quality products for the interior and furniture design

At interzum 2017 in Cologne, the IPD will present new, thoroughly sourced Indonesian timber exporters to European importers and traders.
The Indonesian companies will showcase fast-growing, lightweight timber products ready to be delivered to the EU-market - beginning from plywood and blockboard made of Jabon and Segon up to furniture components made of teakwood

Detailed information on the IPD exporters will be available soon.

For any question beforehand please contact:
Frank Maul

www.interzum.de

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

Sustainable and aromatic: Organic walnuts from Kyrgyzstan

IMPORT PROMOTION DESK OPENS THE DOOR TO THE EU MARKET FOR KYRGYZ EXPORTERS

The Kyrgyz export company Vega Plus has made the leap into the European market. In February 2017 the  company exhibited at the BIOFACH Exhibition in Nuremberg and introduced its sustainable farming products to the international specialists at the event. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) prepared Vega Plus intensely for the trade fair and also supported the company through the “last mile” with match-making. The success of the exhibition was quickly followed by the first business deal with Swiss importer Tinibaev Waldgeschenke KlG.

 
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.

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