Great organic produce and much to discover

Fresh fruit and vegetable, herbs and oils
Tunisia offers exceptional natural products that are typical of the North African region. These include not only apricots, dates, olive oil, and fiery spice mixtures such as harissa paste; Tunisia is also an attractive procurement market for dried organic herbs

Tunisian traders also offer high-quality essential oils from wild herbs, such as myrtle or rosemary oil. These wild herb oils are ideal for naturopathic applications. A real rarity from Tunisia is prickly pear seed oil. This valuable oil is especially in demand from natural cosmetics manufacturers.

Tunisia has undertaken a great deal to meet the requirements of the European market. Many farmers and processing companies comply with European quality standards, and the proportion of organic farming in Tunisia’s agriculture is growing. At the same time, Tunisia is on the EU third country list, which facilitates the import of organic products from Tunisia.

The IPD supports European importers in their search for high-quality products from Tunisia and brings them together with carefully selected exporters.


Fresh fruit and vegetables:

  • Fruit such as apricots, dates, melons, peaches, citrus fruit
  • Vegetables, e.g. artichokes, tomatoes
  • Fresh herbs

Natural ingredients for foods, cosmetics, and pharmaceutical products:

  • Fruit pulp, e.g. prickly pear
  • Frozen fruit and vegetables
  • Organic quality dried herbs, e.g. basil, dill, coriander, rosemary, olive leaves, parsley, peppermint, thyme
  • Wild-harvested carob fruit pods and carob seeds
  • Essential oils, including rosemary oil, myrtle oil, neroli oil
  • Fatty oils and cold-pressed seed oils such as prickly pear seed oil, almond oil, black cumin seed oil, etc.
  • Sweeteners such as date syrup, date flour, prickly pear syrup
  • Spices, e.g. harissa products
  • Products based on spirulina algae

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    Destinations off the mass tourism track
    The fascination of the Sahara, desert castles and Berber villages, medinas with oriental flair, ancient ruins, the holy city of Kairouan or the archaeological heritage of Carthage – Tunisia is aware of its responsibility to protect the country’s valuable natural landscapes and cultural diversity.

    Tunisian tour operators are therefore looking for new ways to depart from the mass tourism track and head towards sustainable tourism.

    The IPD supports this tourism, which values the cultural and natural resources of the country and respects the interests of the population and the environment. To this end, the IPD mediates selected providers of cultural and adventure tours to attractive Tunisian destinations for European tourism operators.
    All providers have been carefully tested and have been trained on the requirements of the EU travel market.


    Cultural and adventure travel:

    • Adventure trips with nature and bird watching
    • Family trips with accommodation in an eco hotel
    • Adventure trips to the Tunisian Sahara, including desert safaris and camel trekking
    • Cultural and historical tours to historical sites in Tunisia (including the UNESCO World Heritage Sites Kairouan, Dougga, Sousse)
    • Wine and gourmet tours with historical reference


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      Berlin // 07.02.2020

      ITB 2020: Sustainable travel offers from developing and emerging countries

      Import Promotion Desk supports exhibitors from Ecuador, Nepal and Tunisia at ITB 2020
      Bonn/Berlin, 04.02.2020 – Sustainable tourism offers from selected emerging and develop-ing countries are in the focus of the trade fair presentation of the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) at the ITB 2020. The German initiative for import and tourism promotion will present new tour operators from Ecuador, Tunisia and Nepal at the international tourism trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 4 to 8 March. The travel offers particularly consider aspects of sustainability and environmental and social compatibility. They range from ecological tours in the unknown north of Tunisia to bicycle tours in Nepal and the community-based tourism project Yunguilla in Ecuador. Around 20 travel companies from the three developing countries will be represented at the IPD stand (hall 5.2A | stand 113) and at the country stands of Ecuador (hall 23A | stand 110) and Tunisia (hall 21B | stand 216/217).

      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/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019
      Bonn/ Nuremberg // 22.01.2019

      BIOFACH 2019: Exotic herbs, spices and oils

      Import Promotion Desk supports organic producers from developing and emerging countries

      Bonn/Berlin, 22.01.2019 – Coriander and Sesame oil from Egypt, cinnamon and coconut oil from Indonesia, ginger and Jatamansi oil from Nepal – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) brings a wide range of exotic herbs, spices and oils to BIOFACH 2019. Around 40 companies from 12 countries will showcase their diverse range of organic products at the world´s largest trade fair for organic food with the support of the German partner of im-port promotion, which takes place from 13 to 16 February in Nuremberg. The products include herbs, spices and teas, essential and cold-pressed oils. In addition, the exporters will be presenting the regional specialties in organic quality at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Stand 4 | 4-561) and at the respective national pavilions.

      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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