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, e.g. teas, nuts, spices, extracts, among them cinnamon and vanilla. Also exotic rarities such as coconut sugar and seaweed products.
  • Timber, classic hardwood products (e.g. Meranti, Teak), products made from fast-growing plantation woods (e.g. Jabon, 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 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)

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 (since 20.10.2014)
Commercial languages:Bahasa Indonesia, English
Time difference:CET +3 (Jakarta), 3 time zones
Currency:1 Rupiah (IDR) = 100 Sen
Prefix number:+62
Area:2.02 million km²
Population:225.5 million (2015, estimation)
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

GDP2015: 859.0 billion US$ (estimation)
2016: 937 billion US$ (forecast) 
2017: 1.024.0 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita2015: 3.362.4 US$ (estimation)
2016: 3.620.4 US$  (forecast) 
2017: 3.905.6 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth2015: 4.8 % 
2016: 4.9 % (forecast) 
2017: 5.3 % (forecast)
Inflation rate2015: 6.4 % 
2016: 4.3 % (forecast) 
2017: 4.5 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 US$ = 13.342.000 IDR
1 Euro = 15.105.810 IDR
(State of affairs: November 2016)
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$
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$
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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