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

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.

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:

  • 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 Berlin // 04. - 08.03.2020
 
Trade fair in Berlin // 04. - 08.03.2020

ITB 2020

Sustainable travel to new destinations.
Establish contacts with carefully screened tour operators in our partner countries. 

Vacation is the best time of the year. But more and more people want to experience unique experiences far away from mass tourism. It is particularly important to them that their trips are in harmony with the nature and culture of the host country.

Here our partners from developing and emerging countries offer undiscovered tourism potential.

In addition to relaxation, our tour operators offer authentic experiences, foreign cultures and unforgettable moments in exotic locations.

We provide European tour operators with contacts to reliable tour operators in our partner countries. 

Our partners develop trips which focus on sustainability and which also meet the needs of European tourists. All our partners are carefully selected and prepared to meet the requirements of the EU travel market.

At ITB we connect you with reliable travel suppliers.
Take advantage of the ITB trade visitor days for individual discussions.

Detailed information on our companies can be found in our brochure. 
For further questions in advance please contact us:

Nora Eichkorn

www.itb-berlin.de

Trade fair in Barcelona // 31.03. - 02.04.2020
 
Trade fair in Barcelona // 31.03. - 02.04.2020

in-cosmetics 2020

New ingredients for the cosmetics industry from Colombia, Ecuador and Côte d`Ivoire. Meet reliable producers!

For the first time, IPD is represented with its own stand at in-cosmetics fair in Barcelona, We will introduce carefully selected producers from developing and emerging countries. Our reliable exporters will bring new, exotic ingredients to the European market - partly in organic quality.
All companies have been selected and carefully evaluated by the IPD. Criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications were taken into account.
Detailed information on IPD exporters and their products will be available from March.

We network you with reliable suppliers - individually selected and tailored to your requirements.
Get in contact with us!
Visit us at our booth AM 40.

Andreas Gemählich

www.in-cosmetics.com

News

 
Berlin // 07.02.2020

ITB 2020: Sustainable travel offers from developing and emerging countries

Import Promotion Desk supports exhibitors from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia at ITB 2020
Bonn/Berlin, 04.02.2020 – Sustainable tourism offers from selected emerging and develop-ing countries are in the focus of the trade fair presentation of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at the ITB 2020. The German initiative for import and tourism promotion will present new tour operators from Ecuador, Tunisia and Nepal at the international tourism trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 4 to 8 March. The travel offers particularly consider aspects of sustainability and environmental and social compatibility. They range from ecological tours in the unknown north of Tunisia to bicycle tours in Nepal and the community-based tourism project Yunguilla in Ecuador. Around 20 travel companies from the three developing countries will be represented at the IPD stand (hall 5.2A | stand 113) and at the country stands of Ecuador (hall 23A | stand 110) and Tunisia (hall 21B | stand 216/217).

 
Bonn/Nürnberg // 27.01.2020

BIOFACH 2020: IPD presents coconut specialities from Sri Lanka

IPD supports exhibitors from Sri Lanka and ten more partner countries at Biofach.

Bonn/Berlin, 27.01.2020 – At this year’s Biofach the product variety of the coconut palm is presented by exhibitors from Sri Lanka: They are bringing a variety of coconut specialities such as dried coconut, virgin coconut oil, coconut blossom sugar, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut milk and coconut water to the world's leading trade fair for organic food, which takes place in Nuremberg from February 12 to 15. Further highlights from Sri Lanka are spices such as Ceylon cinnamon and different varieties of pepper, as well as essential oils. Besides the exhibitors from Sri Lanka, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Colombia, Côte d´Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Kyrgyz-stan, Tunisia and Ukraine. They will be presenting their regional specialities in organic qual-ity at the joint stand of IPD and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) (Booth 3A | 3A-220) as well as at the national pavilions.

 
Bonn/Berlin // 15.01.2020

Fruit Logistica 2020: Pitahayas, Physalis & Co. - Ecuador convinces with fruity variety

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Ecuador and seven more partner countries at the international trade fair for fruits and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 16.01.2020 – Ecuador is known for its biodiversity and offers a wide range of tropical fruits. The South American country lives up to its reputation at this year's Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5. to 7. of February. With bananas, pineapples, pitahayas, physalis and passionfruit, the exhibitors present a richly filled fruit basket (Hall
21 Booth B‐06). Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German initiative for import promotion, has been supporting the partner country of this year's Fruit Logistica for two years now, and
accompanies producers to the European market. This year the IPD brings six companies from Ecuador to the international trade fair. In total, over 40 companies from eight IPD partner countries ‐ from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Côte d`Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Peru and the Ukraine ‐ will present their range of fresh fruits and vegetables in Berlin.

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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