Ecuador

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
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.

OUR PRODUCT GROUPS FROM 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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BULLETIN BOARD "ECUADOR"

Events

Trade fair in Cologne // 05.10. - 09.10.2019
 
Trade fair in Cologne // 05.10. - 09.10.2019

Anuga 2019

Benefit from our services for importers at the world's largest trade fair for food and beverages!

We will introduce you to carefully checked producers from selected developing and emerging countries. From dried herbs and frozen fruit and vegetables to oils and teas - our partner companies bring a wide and high-quality range of products to Europe.

Get to know innovative products and check the producers and the quality of their products!
We will provide you with detailed information about the producers in the run-up to Anuga. And at the trade fair we will connect you directly with these reliable suppliers.

All exporters have been visited and carefully evaluated by IPD in advance. 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.
Take advantage of Anuga for individual meetings.

More information on IPD exporters and their product range you find here.
For any questions, please contact us:

Tabea Mack

www.anuga.de

Trade fair in Madird // 22.10. - 24.10.2019
 
Trade fair in Madird // 22.10. - 24.10.2019

Fruit Attraction 2019

New exporters of fresh fruit and vegetables from the partner countries

Fruit Attraction 2019 – one of the leading trade fairs of the fruit and vegetable sector

More than 1,600 exhibitors and 70,000 experts from 120 countries will meet again this year in Madrid.

IPD will present carefully selected and tested producers, e.g. from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador and Peru.

The companies will offer a wide range of products, for example:

  • Granadillas, mangoes, papayas, pomegranates
  • Avocados, physalis, strawberries, grapes and dates
  • Sweet potatoes, peas, beans, mangetout, tomatoes, 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.

A detailed overview of the companies and all products can be found here from September.

For further information or questions please contact us:

Linda Mense

www.fruitattraction.com

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 Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Ukraine, Pakistan, South Africa and Egypt.

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

www.figlobal.com

News

 
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.

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.

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)
Currency:US-Dollar
Prefix number:+593
Area:283.561 million km²
Population:16,8 million (2017, estimate)
Capital:Quito
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


Export

 
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


Import

 
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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