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Natural ingredients, tropcal fruits
Ecuador is one of the countries with the greatest biodiversity worldwide, and it is also home to a wide product range. Ecuadorean exporters offer exotic rarities such as pitahaya (dragon fruit), granadilla, or tamarillo (tree tomato or Dutch eggplant), and many more delicacies that are of interest for the EU market, such as maracuja, papaya, or passion fruit.

More than 3,000 species of medicinal and aromatic plants are to be found in the Amazon rainforest. This means that Ecuador has a broad spectrum of wild herbs, herbal extracts, essential oils, alternative sweeteners, and spices to offer.

The various climatic zones of the Andes and the fertile soil in the coastal region of Ecuador provide ideal conditions for the cultivation of a huge variety of agricultural produce – such as artichokes, peanuts and almonds, or natural ingredients such as cacao.

The production of organic foods is also clearly on the increase in Ecuador. Organic farming is pursued in 23 of the country’s 24 provinces. The Ecuadorean Ministry of Agriculture promotes organic production systems and the systematic improvement of export quality.

Technical Wood
Ecuador is also the world´s most important export country for balsa wood.

Due to its extreme stability and very low weight, balsa wood is particularly suitable for model building and is therefore in high international demand. However, the balsa wood market is dominated by large industrial companies, which mainly export the timber in the form of low added-value blocks.

Therefore, the IPD promotes small and medium-sized enterprises which add value by processing the balsa wood and which thus create employment for the local population. The IPD supports them in launching their products into the EU market. 

In addition to balsa wood products, Ecuadorian companies offer other high-quality products made of bamboo or plantation teak, such as garden furniture or flooring and decking.

The IPD liaises sustainable contacts for European importers to reliable exporters in Ecuador.


Fresh fruit and vegetables:

  • Exotic fruits, e.g. pineapple, avocado, granadilla, pitahaya (dragon fruit), maracuja, mango, grapes, malanga, passion fruit, physalis, tamarillo
  • Vegetables. e.g. broccoli, asparagus, artichokes, fresh chili, palm hearts
  • Pulses such as beans, lentils, chickpeas
  • Fresh herbs like basil, coriander etc.

Natural ingredients for foods, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals:

  • Dried fruit such as pitahaya, physalis, pineapple, mango, etc.
  • Herbs and spices, e.g. vanilla, chilli (several varieties of hot chilli), ginger, curcuma, pepper, cinnamon
  • Nuts like peanuts, almonds
  • Grains and cereals like amaranth, quinoa, chia
  • Vegetable oils, e.g. avocado, castor, palm oil
  • Medicinal and aromatic plants, plant extracts and essential oils, e.g. moringa, guayusa, guaiacum, lemon verbena
  • Sweeteners like panela, yacon, stevia
  • Black tea, herbal tea such as guayusa, camomile, mint etc.

Technical wood:

  • Balsa wood
  • Bamboo
  • Plantation teak

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Sustainable tourism
Ecuador has a large variety of touristic attractions to offer nature lovers – walking and hiking tours in the breathtaking heights of the Andes, safaris in the Amazon jungle, or expeditions to the Galapagos Islands.

Tour operators selected by the IPD extend an invitation to discover the unique landscapes of Ecuador without putting the country’s nature at risk. Around 18 per cent of Ecuador’s land area is under conservation. The Galapagos Islands and the Sangay National Park are both UNESCO World Heritage natural sites. Sustainable tourism helps ensure that these natural heritage sites are not overstrained, and it helps preserve their biological diversity.

The IPD promotes sustainable tourism and mediates selected tour operators offering cultural and adventure travel in Ecuador to the European tourist industry. All providers have been carefully examined and have been trained on the requirements of the EU travel market.

Cultural and adventure travel IN ECUADOR

Sustainable tourism offers:

  • Cultural experience trips in the Ecuadorean cloud forest, living amongst the indigenous population and sharing in their everyday life: from milking cows to coffee production
  • Language trips with accommodation in the historic centre of Cuenca: learning Spanish in a World Cultural Heritage site
  • Individual travel offers to the natural landscapes in the Amazon region, e.g. individual wheelchair tours


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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


Bonn/Berlin // 29.01.2019

ITB 2019: A wide range of offers for sustainable tourism

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) introduces Ecuador as a nature destination with potential

Bonn/Berlin, 29.01.2019 – Volcanic mountain landscapes, wide beaches, the original Amazon region with its indigenous peoples, the city of Cuenca, certified by “TourCert” as the first sustainable destination of Latin America, and the well-known Galapagos Islands – with its diverse travel destinations, Ecuador’s country pavilion surprises at ITB 2019. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German partner for sustainable tourism, will be represented for the first time at the leading trade fair for international tourism industry, which takes place from the 6th to the 10th of march in Berlin. The IPD is expanding its activities to the tourism sector and supports tourism professionals from developing and emerging countries in presenting their travel offers on the EU market and linking up with tour operators.

Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019
Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019

BIOFACH 2019: Exotic herbs, spices and oils

Import Promotion Desk supports organic producers from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 22.01.2019 – Coriander and Sesame oil from Egypt, cinnamon and coconut oil from Indonesia, ginger and Jatamansi oil from Nepal – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) brings a wide range of exotic herbs, spices and oils to BIOFACH 2019. Around 40 companies from 12 countries will showcase their diverse range of organic products at the world´s largest trade fair for organic food with the support of the German partner of im-port promotion, which takes place from 13 to 16 February in Nuremberg. The products include herbs, spices and teas, essential and cold-pressed oils. In addition, the exporters will be presenting the regional specialties in organic quality at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Stand 4 | 4-561) and at the respective national pavilions.

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.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:Republic Ecuador (República del Ecuador)
Government  type:Republic
Head of state:Lenín Moreno, President (inauguration 02.04.2017)
Commercial languages:Spanish
Time difference:-6 hours (MEZ)
Prefix number:+593
Area:283.561 million km²
Population:16,8 million (2017, estimate)
Largest cities and agglomerations:Guayaquil (3,3 million), Quito (1,9) million)
Most important exhibition centres:Quito
Largest airports:Guayaquil, Quito
Ports:Guayaquil, Manta, Puerto Bolivar, Esmeraldas

Economic Data

GDP2017: 102,3 billion US$ (estimation)
2018: 106,6 billion US$ (forecast) 
2019: 109,9 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita2017: 6,098 US$ (estimation)
2018: 6,263 US$  (forecast) 
2019: 6,362 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth2017: 2,7 % (estimation)
2018: 2,5 % (forecast) 
2019: 2,2 % (forecast)
Inflation rate2017: 0,4 % 
2018: 1,0 % (forecast) 
2019: 1,4 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 Euro = 1,23 US$
(effective: March 2018)
Most important industriesIndustry, agriculture, trade, business services, mining

Trade Data


Volumes2015: 18,3 billion US$
2016: 16,8 billion US$
2017: 19,1 billion US$
Most important trade partnersUSA, Vietnam, Peru, Chile, Panama, Russia, China
Products und merchandise groupFood, petroleum, raw materials, petrichemicals, natural oils, fats, waxes


Volumes2015: 21,4 billion US$ 
2016: 16,2 billion US$
2017: 19,8 billion US$
Most important trade partnersChina, USA, Colombia, Panama, Brazil, Peru, Mexico
Products und merchandise groupMachinery, motor vehicles and parts, food, petrochemicals, petroleum by-products

Data source: iXPOS, Federal Foreign Office, AUMA, Germany Trade & Invest – All information is supplied without guarantee

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