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 Cologne // 21.05. - 24.05.2019
Trade fair in Cologne // 21.05. - 24.05.2019

interzum 2019

Get a personal impression of the quality of Indonesian lightweight timber products!
Meet reliable suppliers!

On interzum 2019, IPD will present new, thoroughly sourced Indonesian timber exporters to European importers and traders.

The Indonesian companies will showcase fast-growing and light timbers ready to deliver for the EU-market - beginning from plywood and blockboard made of Jabon and Segon up to furniture components made of teakwood.

Indonesian ligthweight timber has more advantages than just the lower weight compared to other timber. As tests by the EPH institute in Dresden have proved, lightweight products from albasia and jabon can compete with classical mdf boards, particleboards or poplar plywood panels when it comes to density, bending strength and screw withdrawal. They are therefore a true alternative to these classical wood products.

The IPD connects you directly with reliable lightweight timber producers.

All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export, as well as access to and use of legal timber from sustainable sources. Some of the products are CE labelled.

Take advantage of interzum trade fair for individual meetings.

For arranging an appointment at interzum or any question beforehand, please contact:

Frank Maul

Trdae fair in Paris // 03.12. - 05.12.2019
Trdae 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 partner countries, including Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, or Tunisia.

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.

All exporters have been visited and evaluated carefully 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 FiE fair for individual meetings.

Detailed information on the exporters and their products will be available here in October.

For further informationen please contact:

Kathrin Seelige


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.

Bonn, Nuremburg // 22.01.2018

BIOFACH 2018: Comprehensive organic range from emerging and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk with organic producers from nine countries at BIOFACH

Bonn, 22 January 2018 – Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, Serbia, and South Africa – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be accompanied by organic producers from these countries at this year’s BIOFACH. More than 30 enterprises from nine countries 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 herbs, spices and tea, essential and coldpressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialities from the regions. The fair, the world’s largest showcase for organic food, will be held from 14 to 17 February in Nuremberg.

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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