The best from the highest mountains

From the heights of the Himalayas – Nepal offers an amazing spectrum of natural ingredients for food products, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. The raw material is often obtained through wild harvesting.

Moreover, Nepal supplies a portfolio of teas as well as medicinal and aromatic plants which are currently in great demand in the German market. A number of top-quality essential oils and spices, some of them in organic quality, can also be imported from the Himalayan country.

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


  • Natural ingredients for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics, among them essential oils and spices (some organically grown), tea, medicinal and aromatic plants).

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Buying mission // 07.-13.04.2018

Purchasing in Nepal: Essential oils, medicinal plants, spices and tea

Reduce your sourcing costs!
Increase your contacts to reliable suppliers in Nepal!

Based on the successful mission of last year, the IPD again organizes a buying mission to Nepal. This mission gives you the opportunity to find out more about innovative products for the food and cosmetics sector. Check the quality and diversity of the Nepalese offer. You will find essential oils like lemongrass oil, Zanthoxylum oil, wintergreen oil, medicinal dried plants, spices, e.g. ginger, turmeric, Szechuan and long pepper. Most products in organic quality available.
We arrange for you visits with reliable producers – individually selected according to your needs.
All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD and its partners based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export.
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Your benefits:

  • Direct contact with carefully selected producers
  • Tailored-made b2b meetings 
  • Inspection of production sites of selected suppliers
  • Exchange and networking with other European traders and buyers.

Registration deadline is 5th of March 2018.
Please note that the number of participants is limited. Places are given on first come, first served basis. 

For any question beforehand please contact:
Nicole Buizer

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)


Bonn // 04.12.16

Country pavilions from Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia for the first time

Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia attracted considerable attention at the Health Ingredients Europe exhibition in Frankfurt.
For the first time they were represented with their own country pavilions which the IPD had organised in collaboration with the export promotion organisations Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) in Kyrgyzstan, the Exports Department of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Economy and Agence de Promotion des Investissements Agricoles (APIA) in Tunisia. At Europe’s most important exhibition for natural and health ingredients, the Kyrgyz producers presented their high-quality products, such as beans, nuts, dried fruit, and berries. The Tunisians impressed buyers with organic quality vegetable oils and many products based on dates and prickly pears. Besides Kyrgyzstan and Tunisia, the IPD also brought three exporters from Nepal to the exhibition and the European buyers were particularly interested in Nepalese organic ginger and medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalayas. The exporters proved very satisfied with the around 350 contacts which the IPD was able to broker over the course of the exhibition.

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

Medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalaya


Trade in medicinal and aromatic plants is an important source of income for the Nepalese population and makes an important contribution to the national economy. In Nepal the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are working together to support enterprises with the marketing of these highly sought-after plants. One company to benefit from this co-operation is the exporter Satya International.

Success Story

GIZ and IPD collaboration in Nepal bearing fruit


Within the framework of the “Nepal Trade Integration Strategy” GIZ and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are supporting a model project promoting the export of medicinal and aromatic plants. The project shows how specific sectoral support can help establish efficient value creation chains and enable Nepalese firms direct access to the German trade market. The half-time evaluation of the export promotion programme in Nepal showed that in 2016 alone Nepalese producers exported to the EU medicinal plant products worth 1.2 million Euros.

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