Sri Lanka

Island of spices

Sri Lanka is famed as an exporter of premium quality spices, above all cinnamon and pepper, but also as a supplier of essential oils and extracts. Oils won from cardamoms, cloves, or the exotic Malabar tamarind, for example, are used in the manufacture of cosmetic and wellness products.

The lusciously verdant island in the Indian Ocean is also a source of nuts like chashwes as well as of dried exotic fruits such as jackfruit, papaya, and mango.

The most important plant in Sri Lanka, however, is the coconut. Annually, around 2.5 million tons of coconuts are harvested and 44,000 tons of coconut oil produced from a crop acreage of approximately 400,000 hectares. Producers in Sri Lanka are increasingly focussing their attention on the demands of the EU market, offering virgin coconut oil and coconut blossom sugar in organic quality. But Sri Lanka is also home to the sovereign among coconuts: the king coconut, a source of especially nutritious coconut water.

In 2018, as part of the country’s development agenda, the Sri Lankan government adopted a new concept for promoting export business in the shape of its National Export Strategy (NES). The island’s ecologicalagricultural production is largely geared towards exports. The agricultural sector is a key driver of sustainable economic development and a creator of jobs.
The European Union has granted concessions to Sri Lanka, cutting import duties on processed agricultural goods as part of its Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP+). This arrangement supports developing countries in the process of tapping further potential on the EU market and increasing sales there.

The IPD currently identifies reliable trade partners in Ghana whose products meet the quality criteria of the EU market.


Natural ingredients for foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals:

  • Spices such as cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, curry leaves, vanilla, nutmeg, and mace etc.
  • Essential oils and extracts, e.g. cinnamon, ginger, cloves, centella asiatica, garcinia cambogia
  • Diverse coconut products such as virgin coconut oil, coconut blossom sugar, coconut butter, king coconut (Thembili), etc.
  • Nuts such as cashew
  • Dried fruits such as pineapple, jackfruit, mango, papaya etc.
  • Tea, green and black varieties

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Bonn // 28.01.2021

IPD supports organic producers at Biofach eSPECIAL

Bonn/Berlin, 28/01/2020 - Nearly 40 producers from developing and emerging countries will be presented to European trade visitors by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at this year's Biofach. This year, the world's leading trade fair for organic food will take place in virtual form from February 17 to 19. For the seventh time, IPD together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), leading provider of in-ternational cooperation services, will present the wide range of organic products from developing and emerging countries under the motto "Organic Sourcing for Develop-ment". The Import Promotion Initiative’s free matchmaking services are open to all Euro-pean importers: IPD brings together traders from Europe with producers from developing and emerging countries.


Bonn // 24.11.2020

Opportunity for foreign trade: opening up new supply markets virtually

Import Promotion Desk supports companies with virtual fairs and B2B meetings

Bonn/Berlin, 24.11.2020 – The corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: contact restrictions make international trade relations and the search for new products and reliable suppliers more difficult. Many of the international trade fairs that serve as important contact exchanges have been postponed. Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has developed a variety of online services to continue its work. In virtual meetings and trade fairs, IPD experts support German and European companies in opening up new supply markets and connect them with selected producers from developing countries and emerging nations.

Bonn/Nürnberg // 27.01.2020

BIOFACH 2020: IPD presents coconut specialities from Sri Lanka

IPD supports exhibitors from Sri Lanka and ten more partner countries at Biofach.

Bonn/Berlin, 27.01.2020 – At this year’s Biofach the product variety of the coconut palm is presented by exhibitors from Sri Lanka: They are bringing a variety of coconut specialities such as dried coconut, virgin coconut oil, coconut blossom sugar, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut milk and coconut water to the world's leading trade fair for organic food, which takes place in Nuremberg from February 12 to 15. Further highlights from Sri Lanka are spices such as Ceylon cinnamon and different varieties of pepper, as well as essential oils. Besides the exhibitors from Sri Lanka, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Colombia, Côte d´Ivoire, Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Ghana, Indonesia, Kyrgyz-stan, Tunisia and Ukraine. They will be presenting their regional specialities in organic qual-ity at the joint stand of IPD and the German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ) (Booth 3A | 3A-220) as well as at the national pavilions.

Bonn/Berlin // 15.01.2020

Fruit Logistica 2020: Pitahayas, Physalis & Co. - Ecuador convinces with fruity variety

Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports exporters from Ecuador and seven more partner countries at the international trade fair for fruits and vegetables

Bonn/Berlin, 16.01.2020 – Ecuador is known for its biodiversity and offers a wide range of tropical fruits. The South American country lives up to its reputation at this year's Fruit Logistica, which takes place in Berlin from 5. to 7. of February. With bananas, pineapples, pitahayas, physalis and passionfruit, the exhibitors present a richly filled fruit basket (Hall
21 Booth B‐06). Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German initiative for import promotion, has been supporting the partner country of this year's Fruit Logistica for two years now, and
accompanies producers to the European market. This year the IPD brings six companies from Ecuador to the international trade fair. In total, over 40 companies from eight IPD partner countries ‐ from Egypt, Ethiopia, Ecuador, Côte d`Ivoire, Ghana, Colombia, Peru and the Ukraine ‐ will present their range of fresh fruits and vegetables in Berlin.

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