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.

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

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Trade fair in Paris // 21.10. – 25.10.2018
Trade fair in Paris // 21.10. – 25.10.2018

SIAL 2018: Specialities from emerging and developing countries

Establish contacts with new, carefully selected suppliers!
Learn more about regional products from eight countries!

Visit us at hall 5a / M 217.

SIAL will open its doors in Paris on 21 October. Around 7,000 exhibitors will be showcasing their products to the European trade again this year. 

Are you looking for suitable suppliers at the trade fair? Or a specific product?
You want to check the product quality and reliability of the producers?

Probably your time is limited, but the offer is large.

At SIAL, we will connect you directly with 26 carefully selected suppliers from Egypt, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia and Mozambique. At our booth "Worldwide sourcing for Europe", a joint stand organised together with our Dutch partner CBI, our companies present a wide range of regional products.

You will find among other products:

  • Teff – gluten-free cereal from Ethiopia
  • Pulses and walnuts from Kyrgyzstan
  • Date specialities from Tunisia and Egypt
  • Processed tropical fruit from Colombia
  • Superfoods from Peru

This is only an extract of the product range.
Get an overview of all products offered by our exporters.

IPD exporters at SIAL 2018

All companies have been pre-selected and carefully evaluated by IPD. Criteria such as product quality, export capability and capacity as well as compliance with international standards and certifications have been considered.

We connect you with reliable suppliers. Take advantage of the SIAL fair for individual meetings.
Arrange an appointment now!
Please contact us: 

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

Buying mission to Indonesia // 14. - 20.10.2018
Buying mission to Indonesia // 14. - 20.10.2018

Buying mission to Indonesia: Products of fast-growing timber

Reduce your sourcing costs!
Get contact to reliable suppliers in Indonesia!

In cooperation with DGNED, the export promotion department of the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, the IPD organizes a buying mission for technical wood products made of light, fast-growing timber.

Meet carefully selcted producers of plywood and blockboard and visit 10 production sites in East and Central Java.

Your benefits:

  • Direct contact with producers of lightwood products
  • All suppliers were thoroughly tested by IPD
  • Inspection of product quality and production conditions directly on the spot
  • Arranged B2B meetings
  • In-depth information about the supply chain of light wood - from the small farmer's field to the final export product.

Save time and reduce your risk!

Registration deadline: Sept. 1, 2018.
Please use the form in the following flyer.

For any question beforehand please contact:

Frank Maul

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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