Premium natural products, experiencing nature sustainably

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

Ecuadorian companies offer high-quality products made of bamboo or plantation teak such as garden furniture, deckings or flooring. Guadua bamboo is particularly strong and robust, supplying building materials for load-bearing structures.
IPD promotes small and medium-sized enterprises which add value by processing the timber and thus create employment for the local population. The IPD supports them in launching their products into the EU market. 

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:

  • 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 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 countries, including Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Pakistan and Kosovo.

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.
The exporters from our partner countries have been evaluated carefully by us. 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 you find here.

For arranging an appoitment or further informationen please contact:

Kathrin Seelige

Trade Fair in Hannover // 10.01. - 13.01.2020
Trade Fair in Hannover // 10.01. - 13.01.2020

Domotex 2020

High wood quality from sustainable forestry
Establish contacts with reliable suppliers

This year's Domotex Hannover will once again be all about wood, with 1,400 exhibitors from over 60 countries taking part. The export promotion agency PromPeru, partner of the IPD, will again take part in the world's largest trade fair for floor coverings.

Promising suppliers from Peru will present a variety of new types of wood that are not yet available on the German market. Particular attention will be paid to parquet flooring and decking boards.
The IPD will be happy to connect you with these reliable suppliers directly at the fair.

For any question beforehand please contact

Frank Maul

Trade fair in Berlin/Germany // 05.02. - 07.02.2020
Trade fair in Berlin/Germany // 05.02. - 07.02.2020

Fruit Logistica 2020

Fresh herbs, high-quality fruits and vegetables from new markets
Establish contacts to reliable producers

At the Fruit Logistica 2020 - the trade fair for fruit and vegetables in Berlin - the IPD will once again be mediating carefully selected and reliable suppliers from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Peru, Ghana, Ukraine and Côte d`Ivoire to the European trade.
The companies will be presenting a wide range of products, for example:  

  • Physalis, mangos, pomegranates, chillies
  • Avocados, physalis, strawberries, grapes
  • Baby corn, chickpeas, sugar snap peas, pumpkins, onions, etc.

All exporters have been thoroughly evaluated by IPD. Criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications have been considered. The exporters are familiar with the requirements of the EU market and prepared for the export.

Detailed information on the exporters and their products you will find here in January 2020.

For further informtion please contact:

Daniel Oppermann


Paris/Bonn 12.11.2019

Food Ingredients Europe 2019: Natürliche Extrakte aus Sri Lanka und Ecuador

Import Promotion Desk bringt natürliche Zutaten aus Entwicklungs- und Schwellenländern auf die Food Ingredients Europe (FIE)

Bonn/Berlin, 12.11.2019 – Qualitativ hochwertige Extrakte und außergewöhnliche Gemüse- und Fruchtpulver präsentieren Aussteller aus Sri Lanka und Ecuador auf der internationalen Messe für Lebensmittelzutaten, der Food Ingredients Europe (FIE), die in diesem Jahr vom 3. bis 5. Dezember in Paris stattfindet. Aufgrund der hohen Qualität der Rohmaterialien und der schonenden Herstellungsverfahren bewahren die Produkte ihren hohen Gehalt an Nährwerten und Wirkstoffen. Das Import Promotion Desk (IPD) unterstützt Produzenten aus Sri Lanka, Ecuador und weiteren Partnerländern dabei, ihre große Produktvielfalt und die besondere Produktqualität internationalen Einkäufern vorzustellen.

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)

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.

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 (CET)
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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