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.


Get in touch with us. We connect you to the right exporters. 

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Trade fair in Amsterdam // 21.05 - 22.05.2019
Trade fair in Amsterdam // 21.05 - 22.05.2019

PMLA: World of Private Label

Discovering innovative products - establishing contacts - being inspired by new ideas

This is what the PLMA international trade fair "World of Private Labels" promises. More than 2,600 companies will be presenting their products at the fair - including fresh, frozen and refrigerated foods as well as non-food categories such as cosmetics, health and beauty.

For the first time, IPD will be establishing direct contact with selected exporters from the partner countries Ecuador, Indonesia and Tunisia.

Our reliable exporters will bring new, exotic products to the European market. For example, organic coconut products in organic quality from Indonesia, such as coconut flower sugar or syrup, superfoods from Ecuador or ingredients like aloe vera and the spirulina algae from Tunisia. The range of products is broad.

First information about the exporters and their products you find here.

Benefit from our pre-selection of the companies!

All producers were carefully evaluated by the IPD.
Criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications were taken into account.

We connect you with reliable suppliers.

We are happy to arrange appointments for you with our companies - individually selected and tailored to your requirements. Get in touch with us!

Nicky Buizer

Trade fair in Cologne // 01.09. - 03.09.2019
Trade fair in Cologne // 01.09. - 03.09.2019

spoga+gafa 2019

New timber producers from Ecuador and Colombia at spoga+gafa
Meet reliable suppliers of garden furniture and floor coverings made of bamboo and teak!

This year IPD will be represented with its own booth at the international garden trade fair spoga+gafa. It will introduce carefully selected suppliers from Ecuador and Colombia to the EU market. These reliable producers will showcase their high-quality garden furniture and floor coverings made of bamboo and plantation teak. The timer is from sustainable forestry.

All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export, as well as access to and use of legal timber from sustainable sources.

Get directly connected with our partner companies – we support you and will be happy to arrange individual b2b meetings.

Detailed information on the companies will be available here in August.

For more information or any further questions, please contact us:

Frank Maul

Trade fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019
Trade fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019

Food Ingredients Europe 2019

Benefit from FiE to make new business contacts.
Meet reliable suppliers.
Find out about innovative ingredients. 

At Europe's most important trade fair for natural ingredients, IPD will once again be presenting specialities from selected partner countries, including Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, or Tunisia.

Our exporters will bring a wide range of high-quality products to the trade fair. We will provide you with direct contact to these carefully selected suppliers.

All exporters have been visited and evaluated carefully by IPD. Criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications have been considered.

We connect you with reliable suppliers.
Take advantage of the FiE fair for individual meetings.

Detailed information on the exporters and their products will be available here in October.

For further informationen please contact:

Kathrin Seelige


Berlin // 21.01.2019

Fruit Logistica 2019: Diversity of berries from Ethiopia

The Import Promotion Desk brings exporters from seven developing and emerging countries to the international trade fair for fruit and vegetables.

Bonn/Berlin, 21.01.2019 – Strawberries and blueberries are highlights at the country stand of Ethiopia (Stand 26 | F‐28) at this year's Fruit Logistica, which takes place from 6 to 8 February 2019 in Berlin. The exhibitors from Ethiopia bring a wide range of berries to the fair, including San Andreas, Sweet Ann and Montery Strawberries. Due to the climate conditions, berries in Ethiopia can be cultivated in Ethiopia all year round in high quality. Other products such as beans, physalis, prickly pears and sugar snap are also exhibited by the companies from the African hinterland at the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA) stand, organized with the support of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). The German partner for import promotion also presents exporters from Egypt, Ecuador, Colombia, Mozambique, Peru and Tunisia and a wide range of regional products.

Bonn/Berlin // 04.10.2018

SIAL 2018: Product diversity from Ethiopia

Import Promotion Desk presents specialities from emerging markets and developing countries at the international food exhibition

Bonn/Berlin (Germany), 4 October 2018 – With “Worldwide Sourcing for Europe” as its motto, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) together with the “Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries” (CBI), an import promotion programme from the Netherlands, will present regional producers from emerging markets and developing countries at SIAL. The exhibition, the leading food exhibition, will take place from 21 to 25 October 2018 in Paris.
26 exporters from Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, and Mozambique will offer a wide product range of regional specialities. A special focus at the IPD exhibition stand will be on the IPD partner nation Ethiopia: teff and spices, beans and pulses, seeds and oilseed – the Ethiopian companies demonstrate the product diversity of this African country.

Bonn // 25.07.2018

IPD intensifies activities for sustainable economic development

German import promotion initiative is now active in 13 countries and 5 sectors

Bonn/Berlin, 25.07.2018 – Since 2012, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has assisted small-to-medium-sized enterprises in selected developing and emerging counties to ac-cess the European market. In its third project phase, the IPD expands activities to 13 partner countries and five sectors. The IPD supports export companies on the so-called "last mile"– it accompanies producers to the European market, arranges contacts with importers, thereby closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade.

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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