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:

  • essential oils, e.g. lemon grass oil, cinnamon and jatamansi oil
  • spices (some organically grown), e.g. sichuan pepper, ginger
  • teas, medicinal and aromatic plants, e.g. winged prickly ash

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Trade fair in Paris // 21.10. – 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.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name: Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal
Government  type: Republic
Head of state:
Bidya Devi Bhandari (president)
Commercial languages: Nepalese
Time Difference CET +3
Currency: Nepalese Rupee (NPR)
Prefix number: +977
Area: 147,181 km²
Population: 29.2 million. (2016, estimate)
Capital: Kathmandu
Largest cities and agglomerations: Kathmandu (1.7 millionen inhabitants), Bhaktapur (420,000 inhabitants)
Most important exhibition centres: Kathmandu
Largest airports:

Economic Data

GDP 2016: 21.1 billion US$
2017: 24.1 billion US$ (forecast) 
2018: 26.1 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita
2016: 732.8 US$
2017: 824.2 US$ (forecast)
2018: 882.9 US$ forecast)
Economic growth
2016: 0.4 % 
2017: 7.5 % (forecast)
2018: 5.0 % (forecast)
Inflation rate
2016: 9.9 % 
2017: 4.5 %
2018: 6.0 % (forecast)
Exchange rate 1 US$ = 105,67 NPR
1 Euro = 130,4 NPR
(effective: April 2018)
Membership in regional Organizations ADB, BIMSTEC, Colombo Plan, ESCAP, IMF, SAARC, World Bank, WTO
Most important industries
Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery / Wholesale and Retail Sales / Real Estate

Trade Data


Volumes 2013: 0.9 billion US$ 
2014: 0.9 billion US$
2015: 0.7 billion US$
Most important trade partners India, USA
Products and merchandise groups
Textiles, food


Volumes 2013: 6.5 billion US$
2014: 7.6 billion US$
2015: 6.6 billion US$
Most important trade partners India, China
Products and merchandise groups
Food, petrochemistry


Data source: iXPOS, Federal Foreign Office, AUMA, Germany Trade & Invest – All information is supplied without guarantee.

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