Classic and exotic products, fair trade and organic

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 Global G.A.P., HACCP and Fair Trade. In addition to product diversity Colombia can also boast of an organic quality portfolio.

In Colombia the IPD matches you with exporters from the fruit and vegetable sector and maintains contacts with reliable exporters of natural ingredients. 


  • Fresh fruit and vegetables, among them exotic fruit such as the yellow dragon fruit, Cape gooseberry or physalis, gulupa, tamarillo (tree tomato), passionfruit and feijoa (pineapple guava). 
  • Natural ingredients for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, e.g. kitchen herbs, fresh berries, tea, coffee, cacao, sweeteners such as panela, dried and frozen fruit and vegetables and oils.

Thanks to its rich plant diversity Colombia can offer European importers an extraordinary and often unique range of new ingredients. Aside from the popular oils made from gardenia, jasmine and tuberose, the country also grows pure flower oils which have not been used in the European cosmetics sector up to now.

One of many novelties is kahai oil, a natural dry oil for the face, body and hair that has proven anti-aging properties. The oil is sustainably produced in the Amazon region. Moreover, there are balu seed extracts rich in aminoacids which are mainly used in haircare products and moisturizing creams.

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Trade fair in Berlin // 08. – 10.02.2017
Trade fair in Berlin // 08. – 10.02.2017

Fruit Logistica 2018

Selected exporters of exotic fruit and vegetabels from our partner countries

The IPD will be on the Fruit Logistica 2018 - the trade fair for fruit and vegetables in Berlin - to present carefully selected exporters to the European market.

The participation of the Ethiopian exporters is promising who will present their premium product assortment. Moreover, the IPD will accompany carefully selected suppliers from Egypt, Colombia and Tunisia.

Detailed information about the exporters and their product range will be available soon right here. For further information please contact:

Linda Mense

Trade fair in Nuremberg // 14. – 17.02.2017
Trade fair in Nuremberg // 14. – 17.02.2017

Biofach 2018

Import Promotion Desk presents organic products from partner countries

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.

The IPD brings carefully selected producers from Egypt, Indonesia, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia to the BIOFACH 2018 − the world's leading trade fair for organic food.
The companies offer a wide range of products, such as walnuts from Kyrgyzstan, prickley pear kernel oil from Tunisia, coconut sugar from Indonesia, essential oils, herbs and tea from Nepal or powder of Peruvian superfoods such as quinoa, chia and maca.
In cooperation with the “Swiss Import Promotion Programme” (SIPPO) the IPD also introduces innovative companies from South Africa and Serbia to the European market.
All exporters are equipped with the required certificates and are familiar with the demands of European trade sector. The IPD arranges contacts to the reliable suppliers directly at the trade fair.

Further information of the companies and their products will be available in January.

For any question beforehand please contact:

Tabea Mack (Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgyztan, Tunisia)


Bonn // 25.10.2015

Anuga 2015: Import Promotion Desk (IPD) presents a range of new producers

Bonn/Cologne, October 15, 2015 – From raw sugar and fruit pulp to tea and spices – an extensive top-quality product portfolio from Colombia was presented at the 2015 Anuga trade fair by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). Four manufacturers from the South American country gathered in Cologne between October 11 and 14 to present their products and establish direct contact to German companies with the support of the import promotion service provider. The supplier Agrícola Himalaya S.A., for instance, producer of the top-selling tea brand "Hindú", presented its latest product, "Bitaco®-Unique Colombian Tea", to the German market for the very first time.

Bitaco® is a highland tea grown in a unique region – the Colombian cloud forest. Thanks to the regions predominate micro-climate and the rich soil the tea blends sweet flavours such as honey with the tang of a light sea breeze. Consisting 100 % natural ingredients, the tea has both the EU organic farming label and the UTZ Certified label. „Through its participation at Anuga, the IPD wants to make access to new markets easier especially to sustainably producing suppliers such as Agrícola Himalaya S.A.“, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann, head of the Import Promotion Desk.

Bonn // 16.02.2016

Fruit Logistica: Intensified cooperation with Egypt

Bonn, February 16, 2016 – The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion service provider in Germany, is expanding its cooperation with Egypt. To that purpose representatives of the IPD and the Egyptian Agricultural Export Council (AEC) signed a memorandum of understanding at the Fruit Logistica trade fair where Egypt participated as a partner country. Until 2018, the IPD will help Egyptian producers become ready for export. „With this agreement we want to promote sustainable and structured import from Egypt and strengthen the local private sector. Because successful import promotion benefits both importers and exporters“, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann , head of the IPD.

At the Fruit Logistica the IPD showcased two exhibitors from Egypt. One of them, the Egyptian Grower’s Organization (EGO), took part in the trade fair for the first time. An association of five agricultural businesses which farm in the country’s different climate zones, the EGO is able to offer single-source products such as fresh mangoes, pomegranates and grapes over an extended period of time. At the Fruit Logistica the group conducted several positive business talks including one that promises a business deal for mangoes.

First-ever Ethiopian country booth

The IPD also presented the world’s first Ethiopian country booth at a trade fair for fruit and vegetables. German companies were especially interested in the beans, chilies, strawberries, grapes and snow peas offered by the four Ethiopian exporters. Initial successful business talks were conducted by the Meki-Batu Union, the largest association of cooperatives in Ethiopia, which participated in the trade fair following an invitation by the IPD. The IPD exhibitor portfolio at the Fruit Logistica was complemented by Tunisia and Colombia.

Bonn/Cologne // 12.09.2017

Anuga 2017: Fresh impulses from emerging markets and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk brings a broad range of specialities to Anuga

Bonn, 12.09.2017 – At Anuga, the world’s largest food industry exhibition, to be held in Cologne from 7 to 11 October 2017, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be attending with 18 producers from 7 countries. Exporters from Ethiopia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Columbia, Indonesia and Peru will be supported by the IPD in presenting their products at the exhibition. The companies offer high quality natural ingredients from their regions.

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 (since 07.08.2010, reelected on 15.06.2014, sworn into office  07.08.2014 / tenures of four years, next elections in 2018)
Commercial languages:Spanish, English
Time difference:CET -6
Currency:Colombian Peso (COP)
Prefix number:+57
Area:1.141 million km²
Population:48.8 million (2016, estimation)
Largest cities and agglomerations:Bogotá (8.4 million), Medellin (2.2 million), Cali (2.1 million), Barranquilla (1.1 million), Cartagena (923,000)
Most important exhibition centres:Bogotá, Medellín, Bucaramanga
Largest airports:Bogotá, Río Negro (Medellín), Cali
Ports:Buenaventura, Santa Marta, Barranquilla

Economic Data

GDP2015: 293.2 billion US$ (estimation)
2016: 253.2 billion US$ (forecast) 
2017: 278.6 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita2015: 6.083.5 US$ (estimation)
2016: 5.194.7 US$  (forecast) 
2017: 5.650.6 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth2015: 3.1 % 
2016: 2.5 % (forecast) 
2017: 3.0 % (forecast)
Inflation rate2015: 5.0 % 
2016: 7.3 % (forecast) 
2017: 3.4 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 US$ = 3.362.376 COP
1 Euro = 3,162.505 COP
(State of affairs: November 2016)
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$
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$
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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