Products as exotic as the country

Colombia has more to offer than just coffee. The country has great potential in the fruit sector, especially in regard to exotic varieties which are becoming more and more popular in Europe. Many exporters hold certification such as GLOBALG.A.P., HACCP, UTZ and Fair Trade.

Thanks to its rich plant diversity Colombia can offer European importers an extraordinary and often unique range of new ingredients.

In addition, Colombia offers both teak- and bamboo timber. Exporters supply garden furniture or flooring made out of plantation grown teak. The Colombian Guadua Bamboo is known for its strength and robustness, serving as building material for load-bearing constructions. As an impressive example, the ZERI Pavilion on the Expo 2000 in Hannover was built with stems from the Guadua Angustifolia. A total surface of 2000 m² makes it one of the largest bamboo constructions worldwide.

In Colombia the IPD matches you with exporters of fresh fruit and vegetables and of the natural ingredients sector and maintains contacts with reliable exporters of the timber products.


Fresh fruit and vegetables:

  • exotic fruit such as the yellow dragon fruit, cape gooseberry
  • physalis, gulupa, tamarillo (tree tomato)
  • passionfruit and feijoa (pineapple guava) etc.

Natural ingredients for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics:

  • fruit pulps, e.g. mango, passion fruit, guabábana, lulo
  • sweeteners such as panela and yacon syrup
  • dried and frozen fruit and vegetables, such as mango, pineapple, papaya, physalis
  • nuts like macadamia, etc.

Technical wood:

  • garden furniture or flooring made out of plantation grown teak
  • Guadua Bamboo.


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Trade fair in Nantes

Carrefour International du Bois - new date!

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, the leading trade fair for wood processing - the Carrefour International du Bois - has been postponed. The new date is now 03. - 05.02.2021

IPD will present selected wood suppliers from Ecuador and Colombia at the fair. Our reliable partners will bring a wide product portfolio of teak and bamboo to the fair. 

All companies were visited and carefully checked by IPD in advance. Criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as access to and use of legal timber from sustainable sources were taken into account. 

For more information please contact

Frank Maul

Trade fair in Barcelona

New date for in-cosmetics: 30.06. - 02.07.2020

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, the in-cosmetics Global in Barcelona has been postponed: The leading trade fair for personal care ingredients will now take place from June 30 - July 2, 2020.

IPD will present reliable producers of innovative ingredients from Colombia, Ecuador and the Côte d`Ivoire.

For the first time, IPD will have its own stand where selected exporters will showcse their new, exotic ingredients to the European market. Importers will find essential oils and emulsions - derived from cocoa, acai, cashew nuts, and plants such as rosemary, lavender, and myrtle. Many products are available in organic quality.
All companies have been selected and carefully evaluated by the IPD. Criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications were taken into account.
Detailed information on IPD exporters and their products you will find below.

We network you with reliable suppliers - individually selected and tailored to your requirements.
Get in contact with us!
Visit us at our booth AM 40.

Andreas Gemählich

You can find out about the current status of the trade fair preparations here:


Bonn/Nürnberg // 27.01.2020

BIOFACH 2020: IPD presents coconut specialities from Sri Lanka

IPD supports exhibitors from Sri Lanka and ten more partner countries at Biofach.

Bonn/Berlin, 27.01.2020 – At this year’s Biofach the product variety of the coconut palm is presented by exhibitors from Sri Lanka: They are bringing a variety of coconut specialities such as dried coconut, virgin coconut oil, coconut blossom sugar, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut milk and coconut water to the world's leading trade fair for organic food, which takes place in Nuremberg from February 12 to 15. Further highlights from Sri Lanka are spices such as Ceylon cinnamon and different varieties of pepper, as well as essential oils. Besides the exhibitors from Sri Lanka, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Colombia, Côte d´Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Kyrgyz-stan, Tunisia and Ukraine. They will be presenting their regional specialities in organic qual-ity at the joint stand of IPD and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) (Booth 3A | 3A-220) as well as at the national pavilions.

Bonn/Berlin // 15.01.2020

Fruit Logistica 2020: Pitahayas, Physalis & Co. - Ecuador convinces with fruity variety

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Ecuador and seven more partner countries at the international trade fair for fruits and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 16.01.2020 – Ecuador is known for its biodiversity and offers a wide range of tropical fruits. The South American country lives up to its reputation at this year's Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5. to 7. of February. With bananas, pineapples, pitahayas, physalis and passionfruit, the exhibitors present a richly filled fruit basket (Hall
21 Booth B‐06). Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German initiative for import promotion, has been supporting the partner country of this year's Fruit Logistica for two years now, and
accompanies producers to the European market. This year the IPD brings six companies from Ecuador to the international trade fair. In total, over 40 companies from eight IPD partner countries ‐ from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Côte d`Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Peru and the Ukraine ‐ will present their range of fresh fruits and vegetables in Berlin.

Bonn/ Madrid // 17.09.2019

Large range of organic products from IPD countries at Fruit Attraction

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) focuses on organic products: Tropical fruits and high-quality vegetables and herbs from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 17 September 2019 - The demand for organic quality in the fruit and vegetable sector is growing steadily. Experts expect an annual increase of 9 percent each over the next five years (study "Global Organic Fruits and Vegetables Market - Growth, Trends, and Forecast" by the market research company Research and Markets). The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) takes advantage of this trend and supports companies from developing and emerging countries in the certification and marketing of organic products. At this year's Fruit Attraction, which will take place from 22 to 24 October in Madrid, the partner for import promotion will place a special focus on the organic segment from South America and Africa. (Hall 4, Booth E07)

Success Stories

Success Story

Exotic resources for new taste sensations

The Frankfurt-based company tropextrakt specialises in importing exotic resources for the food sector. Since its foundation in 2002, the enterprise has established its reputation with the introduction of exotic niche products. tropextrakt supplies the big players of the sector with trend-setting fruit and plant products from tropical countries. The company’s success is due to the on-going search for reliable suppliers of high-quality products that meet the superior requirements of German and European clients. To that end tropextrakt has established a solid network of exporters in various countries, especially in South America, in recent years. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has now been able to furnish tropextrakt with another valuable contact by introducing the Frankfurt-based company to a highly eligible partner at the SIAL 2014 trade fair: Frugy from Colombia.

Success Story

Organic tea from Colombia

Many high-quality products from developing and emerging countries are in great demand on the German and European markets, but importers face major obstacles when it comes to market introduction. Inadequate knowledge of the market and lack of contacts to European trading partners impede their access to the EU market. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) helps exporters overcome these obstacles. For the Colombian export company Agrícola Himalaya S.A. the IPD has provided comprehensive advice on marketing their high-quality organically grown teas and helped in successfully matchmaking the Columbian enterprise with German importer J.T. Ronnefeldt KG.

Success Story

Eezy Fruitz whets appetites for healthy nutrition


Many food-conscious consumers prefer natural, vegetarian products that are rich in nutrients. Fruity snacks, mueslis and smoothies with exotic aromas and valuable nutrients are fully in vogue,and there is a growing demand on the EU market for healthy, natural products. Traders from developing countries can also benefit from the expanding market for healthy food. The exporter SERO Colombia, one of the Import Promotion Desk’s partner companies in Colombia, is a case in point.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:Republic of Colombia (República de Colombia)
Government  type:Presidential Democracy
Head of state:Juan Manuel Santos Calderón (president)
Commercial languages:Spanish, English
Time difference:CET -6
Currency:Colombian Peso (COP)
Prefix number:+57
Area:1.141 million km²
Population:49.3 million (2017, estimation)
Largest cities and agglomerations:Bogotá (8.4 million inhabitants), Medellin (2.2 million inhabitants), Cali (2.1 million inhabitants), Barranquilla (1.1 million inhabitants), Cartagena (923,000 inhabitants)
Most important exhibition centres:Bogotá, Medellín, Bucaramanga
Largest airports:Bogotá, Río Negro (Medellín), Cali
Ports:Buenaventura, Santa Marta, Barranquilla

Economic Data

GDP2016: 282.4 billion US$
2017: 307.5 billion US$ (forecast) 
2018: 322.5 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita2016: 5,679.2 US$ (estimation)
2017: 6,238.0 US$  (forecast) 
2018: 6,472.0 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth2016: 2.0 % 
2017: 1.7 % (forecast) 
2018: 2.8 % (forecast)
Inflation rate2016: 7.5 % 
2017: 4.3 % (forecast) 
2018: 3.3 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 US$ = 2,728.5 COP
1 Euro = 3,374.4 COP
(effective: April 2018)
Membership in regional OrganizationsALADI, Andean Community (CAN), SELA
Country creditworthiness rating (Institutional Investor)September 2015: Rank 45
Creditworthiness index: 63.4
Most important industriesFinancial services, Insurances, real estate services, trade and tourism, manufacture, building industry

Trade Data


Volumes2014: 54.8 billion US$
2015: 35.7 billion US$
2016: 31.0 billion US$
Most important trade partnersUSA, Ecuador, Peru, Venezuela
Products und merchandise groupPetroleum, food products, chemical produce, raw materials


Volumes2014: 64.0 billion US$ 
2015: 54.1 billion US$
2016: 44.8 billion US$
Most important trade partnersUSA, China, Mexico, Germany, Brazil  
Products und merchandise groupChemical produce, petroleum, electronics, machinery
Data source: iXPOS, Federal Foreign Office, AUMA, Germany Trade & Invest – All information is supplied without guarantee


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