Colombia

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.

OUR PRODUCT GROUPS FROM COLOMBIA:

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.

Timber:

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

 

 

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BULLETIN BOARD "COLOMBIA"

Events

 
Trade fair in Paris // 21.10. – 25.10.2018

SIAL 2018: High quality products from emerging and developing countries

Matchmaking in Paris

In 2018 the IPD will again present new, carefully selected and tested export companies from different partner countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru, Kyrgystan and Tunisia at SIAL, the world’s leading food innovation exhibition.

The range of products from the IPD partner countries is extensive: freeze-dried fruit, pulps and tea from Colombia, dried fruits and berries from Kyrgyzsan, or dates, herbs and spices from Egypt. Ethiopian companies offer an exceptional range of oils made of black cumin, sesame or eucalyptus.

Detailed information on the IPD exporters and their specialities will be available in September.

If you have any questions beforehand, please contact:

Tabea Mack (Ethiopia, Indonesia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgystan, Tunisia)
Judith Emmerling (Egypt, GIZ Cooperation Serbia)

News

 
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.

 
Bonn, Nuremburg // 22.01.2018

BIOFACH 2018: Comprehensive organic range from emerging and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk with organic producers from nine countries at BIOFACH

Bonn, 22 January 2018 – Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, Serbia, and South Africa – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be accompanied by organic producers from these countries at this year’s BIOFACH. More than 30 enterprises from nine countries will present their diverse range of organic produce at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and at the respective national pavilions. The products include herbs, spices and tea, essential and coldpressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialities from the regions. The fair, the world’s largest showcase for organic food, will be held from 14 to 17 February in Nuremberg.

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

FRUITY CREATIONS FROM COLOMBIA ARE IN VOGUE

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)
Capital:Bogotá
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


Export

 
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


Import

 
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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