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.

Technical wood:

  • 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 Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019
Trade fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019

Food Ingredients Europe 2019

Benefit from FiE to make new business contacts.
Meet reliable suppliers.
Find out about innovative ingredients. 

At Europe's most important trade fair for natural ingredients, IPD will once again be presenting specialities from selected countries, including Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, Pakistan and Kosovo.

Our exporters will bring a wide range of high-quality products to the trade fair. We will provide you with direct contact to these carefully selected suppliers.
The exporters from our partner countries have been evaluated carefully by us. 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 FiE fair for individual meetings.
Detailed information on the exporters and their products you find here.

For arranging an appoitment or further informationen please contact:

Kathrin Seelige

Trade Fair in Hannover // 10.01. - 13.01.2020
Trade Fair in Hannover // 10.01. - 13.01.2020

Domotex 2020

High wood quality from sustainable forestry
Establish contacts with reliable suppliers

This year's Domotex Hannover will once again be all about wood, with 1,400 exhibitors from over 60 countries taking part. The export promotion agency PromPeru, partner of the IPD, will again take part in the world's largest trade fair for floor coverings.

Promising suppliers from Peru will present a variety of new types of wood that are not yet available on the German market. Particular attention will be paid to parquet flooring and decking boards.
The IPD will be happy to connect you with these reliable suppliers directly at the fair.

For any question beforehand please contact

Frank Maul


Bonn/Cologne // 03.04.2019

interzum 2019: Indonesian light-weight wood is an alternative to classical materials

Import Promotion Desk presents high-quality light-weight wood products from Indonesia at interzum 2019 in Cologne

Bonn/Berlin, 03.04.2019 – High-quality timber products from Indonesian light-weight wood will be presented at this year’s interzum. Exhibitors from Indonesia will bring a wide variety of plywood, block board and panels made from Balsa, Jabon and Albasia to the world-leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design, held from May 20th to 23rd in Cologne. Tests by the Development- and Test Laboratory Wood Technology Ltd. (EPH) in Dresden prove: the typical light-weight wood species from Indonesia are an interesting alternative to classical wood products. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German partner for import promotion, supports four Indonesian producers at the interzum and presents the special quality of Indonesian light wood products (Hall 4.2./Booth A070 B071).

Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019
Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019

BIOFACH 2019: Exotic herbs, spices and oils

Import Promotion Desk supports organic producers from developing and emerging countries

Bonn/Berlin, 22.01.2019 – Coriander and Sesame oil from Egypt, cinnamon and coconut oil from Indonesia, ginger and Jatamansi oil from Nepal – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) brings a wide range of exotic herbs, spices and oils to BIOFACH 2019. Around 40 companies from 12 countries will showcase their diverse range of organic products at the world´s largest trade fair for organic food with the support of the German partner of im-port promotion, which takes place from 13 to 16 February in Nuremberg. The products include herbs, spices and teas, essential and cold-pressed oils. In addition, the exporters will be presenting the regional specialties in organic quality at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Stand 4 | 4-561) and at the respective national pavilions.

Bonn/Berlin // 04.10.2018

SIAL 2018: Product diversity from Ethiopia

Import Promotion Desk presents specialities from emerging markets and developing countries at the international food exhibition

Bonn/Berlin (Germany), 4 October 2018 – With “Worldwide Sourcing for Europe” as its motto, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) together with the “Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries” (CBI), an import promotion programme from the Netherlands, will present regional producers from emerging markets and developing countries at SIAL. The exhibition, the leading food exhibition, will take place from 21 to 25 October 2018 in Paris.
26 exporters from Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, and Mozambique will offer a wide product range of regional specialities. A special focus at the IPD exhibition stand will be on the IPD partner nation Ethiopia: teff and spices, beans and pulses, seeds and oilseed – the Ethiopian companies demonstrate the product diversity of this African country.

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, aorestry, fishery, trade, catering, hotels

Trade Data


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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