Great organic produce, simply imported

Tunisia has done a lot to do justice to the European market. Today it is an attractive source of supply for different products groups. Many farmers and processing companies now hold various certifications relevant to European quality standards. The production of organic produce is on the upswing, especially in regard to olive oil, vegetables and herbs. This makes for the existence of considerable organic farming expertise in the country. At the same time, Tunisia is on the EU Third Country list, which facilitates the import of organic products from Tunisia. 

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


Fresh fruit and vegetables

  • apricots, strawberries, melons, peaches, dates, citrus fruit
  • artichokes, tomatoes
  • fresh herbs etc.

Natural ingredients (for food, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics)

  • fruit pulp, e.g. prickley pear
  • frozen fruit and vegetables
  • dried herbs, e.g. basil, rosmarin, olive leaves
  • essential oils, e.g. prickley pear seed oil, and fatty oils like olive oil
  • spirulina products

Tunisia can offer some unique products as well as goods that are typical for North Africa, among them dates, olive oil and tomato paste.

Get in touch with us. We connect you to the right exporters. 

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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, 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.

Bonn, Munich // 25.09.2017

Prickly pear, spirulina and almond oil – plant-based cosmetics from Tunisia

IPD and CEPEX bring natural cosmetics from Tunisia to the Beauty Forum in Munich

Bonn/Munich, 25.09.2017 – At this year’s Beauty Forum, to take place from the 28th to the 29th October 2017 in Munich, Tunisia is participating with its own country pavilion for the first time. Five Tunisian companies will be presenting special care products from their region. Many of the offered cosmetics use raw materials typical to the country, such as prickly pear oil, spirulina algae and almond oil. The Tunisian pavilion is organised by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) and the Tunisian export promotion centre, Centre de Promo-tion des Exportations (CEPEX). The IPD is supporting the Tunisian companies break into the European market.

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 // 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 // 23.12.2015

Tunisian prickly pears in the focus of FiE 2015 in Paris

Bonn/Paris, December 2015 – Tunisian rarities such as prickly pear flour and prickly pear seed oil were presented by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) on the Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) trade fair 2015 in Paris. From December 1 to December 3, the import promotion service provider presented suppliers of prickly pear products at its fair booth to the trading industry. The Tunisian product portfolio was complemented by producers of essential oils made from wildly harvested rosemary and myrrh.

For the first time the IPD introduced three carefully selected companies from Tunisia to the FIE, all of which were carefully selected and briefed for the European market. One of them was the exporter „Nopal Tunisie SA“, which offers a broad range of organically grown and certified products made from prickly pear. The extract made from pressed prickly pear fruit juice, for instance, makes for a natural red-to-violet food colouring for dairy products such as yoghurt or ice cream. A gluten-free flour obtained from prickly pear kernels is an excellent baking ingredient or sauce thickener. 

The most exclusive product of the plant is prickly pear seed oil also offered by the manufacturer „Omega Tunisie“. The valuable oil is high in essential fatty acids, especially linoleic acid. Due to its versatility the plant is also called the „sultan of fruit” in Tunisia. „Our presentation of such exotic specialties in particular”, says Dr. Julia Hoffmann, head of the Import Promotion Desk, “gives interested importers the opportunity to expand their product portfolio.”

Success Stories

Success Story

Organic herbs from Tunisia


Tunisia is an attractive procurement market for dried herbs. Yet this is a little-known fact for many German importers. Most only know of Tunisia as an important export nation for olive oil. In the Kairouan region, the exporter Herbiotech employs an entire village in the cultivation of organic herbs. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports the Tunisian trader as they introduce their premium-quality products to the EU market.

Facts & Figures

Basic Data

Official Name:Tunisian Republic ( El Djumhuriyya El Tunisiya, République tunisienne)
Government  type:Presidential republic with bicameral parliament
Head of state:Béji Caïd Essebsi (president)
Commercial languages:Arabic, French
Time difference:CET
Currency:Tunisian Dinar (TND)
Prefix number:+216
Area:164,150  km²
Population:11.3 million (2017, estimate)
Largest cities and agglomerations:Tunis (approx. 2,0 million inhabitants including suburbs), Sfax (256,000 inhabitants), Susa (173,000 inhabitants)
Most important exhibition centres:Tunis
Largest airports:Tunis (Carthage International), Monastir
Ports:La Goulette (Tunis), Sfax, Rades

Economic Data

GDP2016: 42.1 billion US$
2017: 39.9 billion US$ (forecast) 
2018: 39.3 billion US$ (forecast)
GDP per capita2016: 3,749 US$ (estimate)
2017: 3,518 US$  (forecast) 
2018: 3,429 US$ (forecast)
Economic growth2016: 1.0 % (estimate)
2017: 2.3 % (forecast) 
2018: 3.0 % (forecast)
Inflation rate2016: 3.7 % 
2017: 4.5 % (forecast) 
2018: 4.4 % (forecast)
Exchange rate1 US$ = 2.38 TND
1 Euro = 2.96 TND
(effective: April 2018)
Membership in regional OrganizationsArab League, Organization of African Unity (OAU), Arab Maghreb Union (UMA), Non-Aligned Movement, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC)
Country creditworthiness rating (Institutional Investor)March 2016: Rank 77
Creditworthiness index: 42.2
Most important industriesMining; manufacturing; trade; tourism; transport and communication

Trade Data


Volumes2014: 16.8 billion US$
2015: 14.1 billion US$
2016: 13.6 billion US$
Most important trade partnersFrance, Italy, Germany Libya, Spain
Products und merchandise groupMechanic and electric industries; energy and lubricants; textiles, clothing, leather


Volumes2014: 24.8 billion US$ 
2015: 20.2 billion US$
2016: 19.5 billion US$
Most important trade partnersFrance, Italy, Germany, China, Algeria
Products und merchandise groupMechanic and electric industries; energy and lubricants; textiles, clothing, leather


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

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