Natural ingredients, a lot of wood – all legal

Indonesia has positioned itself well for Europe’s market and the future. The country offers a multitude of high-quality products for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetic sector. In the field of legal timber Indonesia offers European importers a high degree of legal certainty and still greater business potential.

The Import Promotion Desk has chosen Indonesia as one of its partner countries and will set you up with carefully selected and tested suppliers.


Natural ingredients for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics:

  • diverse salts ans spices such as cinnamon
  • essential oils and extracts, e.g. vanilla, ginger
  • various coconut products, e.g. coconut oil, sugar, nectar syrup, chips, water, powder
  • seaweed products, cacao, organic speciality rice etc.


  • classic hardwood products, e.g. Meranti and Teak
  • products made from fast-growing plantation woods, e.g. Jabon and Albasia.

In 2013 Indonesia was the first Asian country to sign a voluntary partnership agreement (VPA) with the EU for timber from legal sources (FLEGT-VPA). It has an obligatory and comprehensive documentation and certification system that includes forest enterprises. EU importers thus enjoy a high degree of legal certainty when they purchase timber and timber products.

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Trade fair in Nuremberg // 13.02. - 16.02.2019
Trade fair in Nuremberg // 13.02. - 16.02.2019

Biofach 2019

Comprehensive organic range from emerging and developing countries
IPD presents organic products from partner countries.

The demand for organic produce is on the rise in Germany and Europe. At the same time, there is a great deal of untapped potential in developing and emerging nations.

Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Tunisia, Serbia, and Ukraine – IPD will be accompanied by organic producers from these countries at BIOFACH 2019, the world’s largest showcase for organic food. More than 30 enterprises 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 e.g. herbs, spices and tea, essential and cold-pressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialities from the regions.

All exporters are equipped with the required certificates and are familiar with the demands of European trade sector. The IPD arranges contacts to the reliable suppliers directly at the trade fair.

Visit us at our boot in hall 4 /4-561.

Detailed information of the companies and their products will be available in January.

For further information please contact:

Angie Martinez

Success Stories

Success Story

Coconut flower sugar – a niche product from Indonesia

The ambitious start-up company KULAU GmbH from Berlin has specialised in importing coconut-based products. The name of the enterprise speaks for itself: in Papua-New Guinea’s creole language Tok-Pisin, “kulau” means “young, green coconut”.

The company exclusively sells sustainable, naturally manufactured fair-trade organic products. In its selection of suppliers, KULAU adheres to the highest standards. Both in regard to product quality, good working conditions and environmentally-friendly cultivation methods at the plantations, the German importer makes high demands on its foreign partners. Professional sourcing is therefore very important to the company when it comes to locating suitable buying markets for its products in tropical countries. This is where the help of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) came in handy. The agency introduced KULAU to the suitable partner, saving the company a lot of time and money.

Success Story

Sustained export promotion: Coconut sugar from Java

“When we entered the export market with coconut sugar we had collaborations with 100 small farmers – today it is already over 300,” says Amir Sudjono, founder of the company PT COCO SUGAR INDONESIA with headquarters in Purwokerto on the island of Java. The Indonesian firm has been participating in the export promotion programme of the Import Promotion Desk since 2015 and has in that time developed to become an international producer and exporter.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:Republic of Indonesia (Republik Indonesia)
Government  type:Republic
Head of state:Joko Widodo (President)
Commercial languages:Bahasa Indonesia, English
Time difference:CET +3 (Jakarta), 3 time zones
Currency:Rupiah (IDR)
Prefix number:+62
Area:2.02 million km²
Population:262 million (2017, estimate)
Largest cities and agglomerations:Jakarta (approx. 10 million, commuting area  approx. 30 million inhabitants), Surabaya (2.6 million), Bandung (2.2 million)
Most important exhibition centres:Jakarta, Balikapan City, Bandung
Largest airports:Jakarta (national, international), Juanda-Surabaya
Ports:Tanjung Priok, Tanjung Perak, Belawan

Economic Data

GDP2016: 932 billion US$ (estimation)
2017: 1,011 billion US$ (forecast) 
2018: 1,092 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita2016: 3,604 US$
2017: 3,859 US$  (forecast) 
2018: 4,116 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth2016: 5.0 % 
2017: 5.2 % (forecast) 
2018: 5.3 % (forecast)
Inflation rate2016: 3.5 % 
2017: 4.0 % (forecast) 
2018: 3.9 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 US$ = 13,817 IDR
1 Euro = 17,096.08 IDR
(effective: April 2018)
Membership in regional OrganizationsASEAN, AFTA, APEC, ESCAP, ASEM, Colombo-Plan
Country creditworthiness rating (Institutional Investor)March 2016: Rank 57
Creditworthiness index: 57.0
Most important industriesMining / Manufacture; Agriculture / Forestry / Fishery; Trade / Catering / Hotels

Trade Data

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Volumes2014: 176.0 billion US$
2015: 150.3 billion US$
2016: 144.5 billion US$
Most important trade partnersJapan, China, Singapore, USA, India
Products und merchandise groupRaw materials; gas; petroleum; textiles / clothing; chemical produce


Volumes2014: 178.2 billion US$ 
2015: 142.7 billion US$
2016: 135.7 billion US$
Most important trade partnersChina, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, Thailand
Products und merchandise groupPetroleum; machinery, chemical produce; food products


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

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