Close to Europe, a far-reaching range of products

Food and natural ingredients – Egypt has a lot to offer to the European market. Its proximity to Europe and well-functioning logistics are important advantages for the import of Egyptian products. The Import Promotion Desk has therefore chosen Egypt as one of its partner countries and will set you up with carefully selected and tested suppliers.


  • Fresh fruit and vegetables both conventional and organically grown e.g. strawberries, beans, dates, fresh herbs, pomegranate, mangoes, melons, tomatoes, grapes, citrus fruit, onions
  • Natural ingredients for food both conventional and organically grown, e.g. spices, fatty oils as well as individual quick frozen (IQF) products
  • Natural ingredients for pharmaceuticals and cosmetics such as plant extracts and essential oils.

Especially attractive to German importers is an extensive product portfolio consisting of dried herbs, spices and seeds (e.g. basil, chamomile, mint, nigella seeds, peppermint, senna) as well as professional processing of various types of fruit and vegetables such as strawberries, mangoes, artichokes, olives and many more.

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Buying mission // 17.04.-20.04.2018
Buying mission // 17.04.-20.04.2018

Purchasing of herbs & spices in Egypt

Reduce your sourcing costs!
Examine products and quality on-site in Egypt!

Egypt has a lot to offer to the European market. Especially attractive to German importers is an extensive product portfolio consisting of dried herbs and spices (e.g. basil, chamomile, mint, nigella seeds, peppermint, senna).
The IPD organizes a buying mission to Egypt from 17–20 April 2018. This mission gives you the opportunity to check the high-quality offer of Egyptian producers – conventional and in organic quality.
We arrange for you visits with reliable producers – individually selected according to your needs.
All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD and its partners based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export. Get in touch with us!

Your benefits:

•    Direct contact with reliable suppliers
•    Tailored-made b2b meetings
•    Inspection of production sites of selected producers
•    Exchange and networking with other European traders and buyers

Registration deadline is 19th of March 2018.

Please note that the number of participants is limited. Places are given on first come, first served basis.  

For any question beforehand please contact:

Judith Emmerling

Trade fair in Paris // 21. – 25.10.2018

SIAL 2018: high quality products from emerging and developing countries

Matchmaking in Paris

In 2018 the IPD will again present new, carefully selected and tested export companies from different partner countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru, Kyrgystan and Tunisia at SIAL, the world’s leading food innovation exhibition.

The range of products from the IPD partner countries is extensive: freeze-dried fruit, pulps and tea from Colombia, dried fruits and berries from Kyrgyzsan, or dates, herbs and spices from Egypt. Ethiopian companies offer an exceptional range of oils made of black cumin, sesame or eucalyptus.

Detailed information on the IPD exporters and their specialities will be available in September.

If you have any questions beforehand, please contact:

Tabea Mack (Ethiopia, Indonesia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgystan, Tunisia)
Judith Emmerling (Egypt, GIZ Cooperation Serbia)


Bonn, Nuremburg // 22.01.2018

BIOFACH 2018: Comprehensive organic range from emerging and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk with organic producers from nine countries at BIOFACH

Bonn, 22 January 2018 – Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, Serbia, and South Africa – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be accompanied by organic producers from these countries at this year’s BIOFACH. More than 30 enterprises from nine countries will present their diverse range of organic produce at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and at the respective national pavilions. The products include herbs, spices and tea, essential and coldpressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialities from the regions. The fair, the world’s largest showcase for organic food, will be held from 14 to 17 February in Nuremberg.

Berlin // 18.01.2018

Fruit Logistica 2018: Ethiopia to have country pavilion for the first time

Bonn, 18.01.2018 – At Fruit Logistica, the international specialist exhibition for fruit and vegetables to take place from 7 ‐ 9 February 2018 in Berlin, Ethiopia will be represented with its own country pavilion for the first time (hall 26, stand B‐04). Seven exhibitors from all over Ethiopia will exhibit the broad range of products available from the African interior on the stand of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA).

Bonn/Cologne // 12.09.2017

Anuga 2017: Fresh impulses from emerging markets and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk brings a broad range of specialities to Anuga

Bonn, 12.09.2017 – At Anuga, the world’s largest food industry exhibition, to be held in Cologne from 7 to 11 October 2017, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be attending with 18 producers from 7 countries. Exporters from Ethiopia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Columbia, Indonesia and Peru will be supported by the IPD in presenting their products at the exhibition. The companies offer high quality natural ingredients from their regions.

Bonn // 16.02.2016

Fruit Logistica: Intensified cooperation with Egypt

Bonn, February 16, 2016 – The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion service provider in Germany, is expanding its cooperation with Egypt. To that purpose representatives of the IPD and the Egyptian Agricultural Export Council (AEC) signed a memorandum of understanding at the Fruit Logistica trade fair where Egypt participated as a partner country. Until 2018, the IPD will help Egyptian producers become ready for export. „With this agreement we want to promote sustainable and structured import from Egypt and strengthen the local private sector. Because successful import promotion benefits both importers and exporters“, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann , head of the IPD.

At the Fruit Logistica the IPD showcased two exhibitors from Egypt. One of them, the Egyptian Grower’s Organization (EGO), took part in the trade fair for the first time. An association of five agricultural businesses which farm in the country’s different climate zones, the EGO is able to offer single-source products such as fresh mangoes, pomegranates and grapes over an extended period of time. At the Fruit Logistica the group conducted several positive business talks including one that promises a business deal for mangoes.

First-ever Ethiopian country booth

The IPD also presented the world’s first Ethiopian country booth at a trade fair for fruit and vegetables. German companies were especially interested in the beans, chilies, strawberries, grapes and snow peas offered by the four Ethiopian exporters. Initial successful business talks were conducted by the Meki-Batu Union, the largest association of cooperatives in Ethiopia, which participated in the trade fair following an invitation by the IPD. The IPD exhibitor portfolio at the Fruit Logistica was complemented by Tunisia and Colombia.

Success stories

Success Story

The IPD supports German importers in their search for super fruits

Klaus Böcker GmbH is an importer of exotic fruit products. Its portfolio comprises fruit juice, paste and concentrate from more than 500 kinds of fruit in more than 500 specifications. To continually expand its range of products, the company is always on the look-out for new suppliers. For this reason, Klaus Böcker GmbH turned to the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) – and made a catch: The IPD provided the German importer with a new trade partner in Egypt.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:
Arab Republic of Egypt (Gumhuriyyat Misr al-Arabiyya)
Government  type:Republic
Head of state:Abdelfattah Al-Sisi (President)
Commercial languages:Arabic, English, French
Time difference:CET +1
Currency:Egyptian Pound (EGP)
Prefix number:+20
Area:1 million km²
Population:90.2 million (2016, estimate)
Largest cities and agglomerations:Cairo (al-Qahira, incl. commuting area: over 20 million inhabitants), Alexandira (Al-Iskandariyah, 3 million), Giza (Al-Jizah, 2,2 million)
Most important exhibition centres:Cairo
Largest airports:Cairo, Alexandria, Borg El Arab, Luxor
Ports:Alexandria, Dekhaila, Damietta/Edku

Economic Data

[Translate to Englisch NEU:]

BIP 2015: 2.431,1 Mrd. ägypt£ 
2016: 2.750,7 Mrd. ägypt£ (Prognose) 
2017: 3.139,7 Mrd. ägypt£ (Prognose)
BIP pro Einwohner 2015: 27.491 ägypt£ (Schätzung)
2016: 30.495 ägypt£ (Prognose) 
2017: 34.125 ägypt£ (Prognose)
Wirtschaftswachstum 2015: 4,2 % 
2016: 3,3 % (Prognose) 
2017: 4,3 % (Prognose)
Inflationsrate 2015: 11,0 % 
2016: 9,6 % (Prognose) 
2017: 9,5 % (Prognose)
Wechselkurs 1 Euro = 18,633 ägypt£
1 US$ = 17,496 ägypt£
(Stand: Juli 2017)
Mitgliedschaft in regionalen Organisationen Gemeinsamer Arabischer Markt, Organisation der Nilstaaten, OAPEC
Länderrating/Bonität (Institutional Investor) März 2016: Rang 104
Bonitätsindex: 32,1
Wichtigste Branchen und Sektoren Bergbau / Industrie; Handel / Gaststätten / Hotels; Land-/ Forst-/ Fischwirschaft

Trade Data


Volumes2013: 28.8 billion US$ 
2014: 26.8 billion US$
Most important trade partnersItaly, Saudi Arabia, India, Turkey
Products und merchandise groupPetroleum; chemicals; food products


Volumes2013: 66.7 billion US$ 
2014: 71.3 billion US$
Most important trade partnersChina, Germany, USA, Kuwait, Italy
Products und commodity groupsFood products, chemicals; petroleum; machinery


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

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