Africa has developed into an up-and-coming market for various product groups. 

The broad range of fresh fruit and vegetables makes the country extremely interesting for importers.
In cooperation with the Ethiopian Horticulture Producer Exporters Association (EHPEA), the IPD provides producers about the steps required for the GLOBALG.A.P. certification.

The IPD matches Ethiopian suppliers with European importers so they can sell to the European market without intermediaries. The importers, too, profit from this kind of direct trade: They can reduce their procurement costs and gain direct access to special varieties and good quality produce.


Natural ingredients for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics:

  • pulses (mainly kidney and pinto beans), oil seeds (e.g. sesame, both conventional and organically grown)
  • essential and fatty oils (e.g. eucalyptus, black cumin)
  • spices (e.g. pepper, chili, cardamom)
  • rubber, resins, honey (in organic quality)

Fresh fruit and vegetables:

  • strawberries, grapes
  • beans, snow peas
  • fresh herbs etc.

Get in touch with us. We connect you to the right exporters. 

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..Trade fair in Nuremberg // 26.07. - 29.07.2022
..Trade fair in Nuremberg // 26.07. - 29.07.2022

Biofach 2022

Biofach 2022 - the world's leading trade fair for organic food - will take place from 26 - 29 July 2022.

This year, the IPD will again be represented together with the Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) with the joint stand "Organic sourcing for development" and present carefully selected producers from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Ghana, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan and Ukraine, among others. More than 50 companies will present their diverse organic assortment.

You will find herbs, spices and teas, pastes, essential and cold-pressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialties from the new markets.

All companies were evaluated by the IPD. We take into account criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as the fulfillment of international standards and certifications.

Take advantage of the Biofach and meet reliable exporters from our partner countries. 

Details of companies and their product range will be available in June .

For questions in advance and further information please contact us:

Maria Paula Gomez


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.

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.

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 // 25.07.2018

IPD intensifies activities for sustainable economic development

German import promotion initiative is now active in 13 countries and 5 sectors

Bonn/Berlin, 25.07.2018 – Since 2012, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has assisted small-to-medium-sized enterprises in selected developing and emerging counties to ac-cess the European market. In its third project phase, the IPD expands activities to 13 partner countries and five sectors. The IPD supports export companies on the so-called "last mile"– it accompanies producers to the European market, arranges contacts with importers, thereby closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade.

Success Stories

Success Story

Success for organic products from Ethiopia on the EU market

IPD procures new trade partner for the Ethiopian exporter GreenPath Food

GreenPath Food is Ethiopia’s first – and, up until now, its only – certified EU-organic producer and exporter organisation in the fruit and vegetable sector. Import Promotion Desk (IPD) added the company to its export promotion programme in 2017. With support of IPD, GreenPath Food was able to raise awareness for its products at European trade fairs and to establish successful trade relations. For two years now, they have been in close cooperation with the Hamburg-based import organisation ElbeFruit Europe, which markets EU-organically certified avocados, vegetables and fresh herbs from GreenPath Food in German-speaking countries. Their cooperation in the organic trade sector opens up new opportunities for both partners.

Success Story

Pure oils from Ethiopian medicinal plants

Import Promotion Desk makes EU market accessible for African producers

With support from the IPD, Ethiopian company Hayat Cosmo Industry PLC was able to present its products from pure black cumin oil at European trade fairs. The trade fair success encouraged Hayat to expand its offerings to European customers, so that the company now also produces essential oils. Investment in the new product developments has paid off for the Ethiopian company: At in-cosmetics trade fair in Paris, Hayat successfully presented its new product range for the first time.

Success Story

Ethiopian Union of Cooperatives - ready for export to Europe

The Union of Cooperatives Meki Batu from Ethiopia is to exhibit for the first time at Berlin’s “Fruit Logistica”
in February 2017. For two years, the Import Promotion Desk has been working intensely with the union – which
comprises over 8,000 Ethiopian farmers – to prepare them for the exhibition debut. For Meki Batu Union, participating in the exhibition is a decisive step in their strategic plan to enter the German and European markets and establish long-term trade relations.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (yeʾĪtiyoṗṗya Fēdēralawī Dēmokirasīyawī Rīpebilīk)
Government:Federal dominant-party parliamentary republic
Head of State:Mulatu Teshome
Commercial Languages:Ahmaric, English
Time difference:CET +1
Currency:Birr (ETB)
Calling Code:+251
Area: 1,104 million km²
Population: 92.7 million (2017, estimate)
Capital:Addis Ababa
Largest Cities and Agglomerations:Addis Ababa (3,4 million), Gondar (350,000), Mekele (340,000), Adama (340,000)
Most important exhibition centresAddis Ababa
Largest AirportsAddis Ababa, Dire Dawa
PortsNone, nearest Djibouti and Port Sudan

Economic Data

GDP2016: 72,5 bn. US$ 
2017: 79,7 bn. US$ (estimate) 
2018: 87,3 bn. US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita
2016: 795,2 US$ 
2017: 860,6 US$ (estimate) 
2018: 927,4 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth
2016: 8,0 % 
2017: 8,5 % (estimate) 
2018: 8,5 % (forecast)
Inflation rate
2016: 7,3 % 
2017: 8,1 % (estimate) 
2018: 8,0 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 US$ = 27,47 ETB
1 Euro = 33,86 ETB
(effective: April 2018)
Membership in regional Organisations
Most important industriesAgriculture, forestry, trade, service industry, mining

Trade Data


Volume2015: 5 billion US$
2016: 1,7 billion US$
Most important trade partners
USA, Saudi Arabia, Germany
Products and sectors
Food; textiles


Volume2015: 25,8 billion US$ 
2016: 19,1 billion US$
Most important trade partners
USA, China, India
Products and sectors
Machinery, petrochemicals, automotive and parts
Data source: iXPOS, Federal Foreign Office, AUMA, Germany Trade & Invest – All information is supplied without guarantee.


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