Diversity of South America

Timber like no other. Fruit and vegetables, classic and exotic, natural extracts, essential and fatty oils and a lot of wood – Peru has much to offer Europe.

In regard to the timber sector Peru can boast of having the second-largest share in the Amazon rainforest and, by international comparison, significant forested areas with a low deforestation rate. Of interesting potential are lesser-known types of wood which are rarely used commercially and have not been available for German companies until now. These have characteristics that are similar to those of well-known tropical hardwoods and are therefore an attractive alternative for outside uses. 
Another plus: many suppliers now offer certified products from sustainable forestry.

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


  • Fresh fruit and vegetables, from mangoes and granadilla to grapes in excellent product qualities, some with organic certification. 
    Ginger, too, is an up-and-coming product segment from the Andes country and offers a good alternative to ginger from China for German importers, especially in the organic market. 
  • Natural ingredients for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Processed products made from camu camu, lucuma, maca, cat’s claw as well as mesquite coffee and annatto seeds, often in top-grade organic quality. A broad range of processed fruit and vegetables such as asparagus and guanabana but also plants and seeds such as chia, quinoa and amaranth. 
    For the cosmetics sector the range of extracts/natural extracts, essential and fatty oils is particularly interesting, e.g. sacha inchi oil – rich in omega fatty acids and vitamin E. 
  • Timber, wood varieties practically unknown commercially and not available up to now for German companies (e.g. Estoraque, Jatobá, Mashonaste). These have characteristics similar to those of well-known tropical hardwoods, thus representing an attractive alternative for outside uses (decking, window frames, exterior doors, etc.).

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Buying mission to Peru // 01. - 07.07.2018
Buying mission to Peru // 01. - 07.07.2018

Industria Perú 2018

B2B meetings with Peruvian wood suppliers – individually suited
The Industria Perú in Lima is the most important meet-up in the sector of the manufacturing industry. This matchmaking event is organized by the PromPerú, the Peruvian export promotion agency and partner of the IPD. On July 5th, exporteres from the timber sector will present their products.

In cooperation with PromPerú, the IPD arranges for you meetings with suitable woodworking companies – individually tailored to your requirements. In addition, we offer you the possibility to organize personal visits directly to the factories of pre-selected exportersbefore and after the Industria Perú (July 1st to 7th). In cooperation with the Peruvian companies, we also offer interested companies to spend one night in an FSC certified concession in the Peruvian rainforest.

The Peruvian producers have been carefully selected by us based on company visits and in terms of quality, exportability and the use of legal wood from sustainable sources. In individual cases, the IPD partner PromPerú offers to bear the costs of the international flight and two overnight stays in Peru.

For further information, please contact:
Frank Maul

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)


Hannover/Bonn // 19.01.2017

DOMOTEX 2017: IPD exporters successfully at the Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017

Bonn/Hannover, 19th January 2017 – The Peruvian wood processing companies, presented by the IPD, exhibited successfully their products at the DOMOTEX, the leading trade fair for floor covering in Hannover, and made numerous promising contacts with European importers.
Not only importers showed a deep interest in the wooden floors from Peru, but even the jury of the Innovations@DOMOTEX, which every year showcases the most creative products and design highlights, was enthusiastic about the innovative products.   

The “Marine Floor” of Maderera Bozovich convinced thanks to its authentic look. The floor is laid by using a black sealant, which lends it the typical appearance of a ship`s deck. The tropical wood is 100% FSC-certified.
Pacific Wood brought the “Antique Rustique Decking” to the trade fair, a floor characterized by filled-in knots and unevenness that constitute the beauty of these used-look boards. The 100% FSC-certified tropical timber is processed entirely in Peru, securing jobs there.
Furthermore, the "Munay Deck" by Maderera Río Acre convinced the jury of the Innovations@DOMOTEX. These boards for outdoor use are composed from smallest battens of wood that normally end up as waste or are used as poor-quality cheap products. “Munay Deck” has a surface with interesting structure and convinces with the sustainability of the material.

For further information about Peruvian exporters, please contact

Frank Maul

Bonn/Cologne // 12.09.2017

Anuga 2017: Fresh impulses from emerging markets and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk brings a broad range of specialities to Anuga

Bonn, 12.09.2017 – At Anuga, the world’s largest food industry exhibition, to be held in Cologne from 7 to 11 October 2017, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be attending with 18 producers from 7 countries. Exporters from Ethiopia, Egypt, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, Columbia, Indonesia and Peru will be supported by the IPD in presenting their products at the exhibition. The companies offer high quality natural ingredients from their regions.

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

Legal and sustainable tropical timber from Peru

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) and its partners in Peru support responsibly operating companies in their efforts to export certified timber products to Europe. An essential part of IPD’s work is to create awareness of European quality and sustainability standards in Peru’s private and public sectors. At the same time, the IPD provides German importers with an alternative buying market, which will allow them to optimise their purchasing activities and increase their product variety. In this way, international development cooperation and import promotion go hand in hand.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:Republic of Peru ( República del Perú)
Government  type:Republic
Head of state:Ollanta Humala Tasso, President (since 28.07.2011, tenure of 5 years)
Commercial languages:Spanish, English
Time difference:CET -7
Currency:1 Nuevo Sol (PEN) = 100 Centimos
Prefix number:+51
Area:1.28 million km²
Population:32,4 million (2016, estimation)
Largest cities and agglomerations:Lima (approx. 9.6 million, with harbour city Callao), Arequipa (784,000), Trujillo (682,000)
Most important exhibition centres:Lima, Arequipa
Largest airports:Lima/Callao, Iquitos
Ports:Callao, Paita, Iquitos, Matarani

Economic Data

GDP2015: 192.1 billion US$
2016: 178.6 billion US$ (forecast) 
2017: 187.7 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita2015: 6.021.1 US$ (estimation)
2016: 5.512.8 US$  (forecast) 
2017: 5.765.0 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth2015: 3.3.% 
2016: 3.7 % (forecast) 
2017: 4.1 % (forecast)
Inflation rate2015: 3.5 % 
2016: 3.1 % (forecast) 
2017: 2.5 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 US$ = 3.415 PEN
1 Euro = 3.628 PEN
(State of affairs: July 2017)
Membership in regional OrganizationsAladi, Andean Community, Mercosur (associated), SELA
Country creditworthiness rating (Institutional Investor)March 2016: Rank 43
Creditworthiness index: 66.9
Most important industriesOther services; manufacture, mining; trade

Trade Data


Volumes2014: 38.5 billion US$
2015: 33.2 billion US$
Most important trade partnersChina, USA, Switzerland, Canada, Japan, Spain
Products und merchandise groupRaw materials; food products, non-ferrous metals, petroleum


Volumes2014: 42.2 billion US$ 
2015: 38.1 billion US$
Most important trade partnersChina, USA, Brazil, Mexico, Colombia
Products und merchandise groupPetroleum; chemical produce; machinery, electronics


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

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