Made for Germany

Cost and risk-effective sourcing from new markets

Neutral, competent, cost-effective

You are planning to import? Fresh fruit and vegetables? Cut flowers? Technical wood? Natural ingredients for foods, pharmaceutics, cosmetics? We have the contacts you need and are at your side throughout the entire sourcing process.

We network you with the right exporters.

Accessing new sources of supply is labour intensive and time consuming. There are plenty of risks and unknowns. You  can reduce your initiation, agreement and control costs with the Import Promotion Desk. Gain certainty and time as we have the contacts, information and communication channels to your new foreign suppliers.

Hand in hand with the German private sector

The IPD is an initiative of the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen e.V.) and sequa gGmbH – the development organisation of German industry. We are funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

Our service portfolio

  • Buying missions
  • Trade fairs
  • Business contacts
  • Market potential analyses
  • Training/consulting

»Our recipe for success is to focus on sustainability«

Interview with Dr. Julia Hoffmann – Head of Import Promotion Desk
Dr. Julia Hoffmann explains why supporting exports is an essential instrument in international development cooperation and outlines the IPD’s strategy for opening up the German and European markets to developing countries.

Read the entire interview

»With the IPD we are closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade: By eliminating trade barriers and information deficits, we contribute to the improved participation of emerging and developing countries in the global economy, but also support German SMEs in developing new procurement markets.«

Gregor Wolf
Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA)

»It is important for developing countries and emerging nations to integrate into international value chains and thus obtain access to new sales markets. This is where the IPD makes a valuable contribution: it opens the German and European market to producers from these regions.«

Anja Gomm
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

»Despite modern communication methods, exporters in developing countries often have no access to importers. Import trade offers manufacturers in developing countries the ideal platform for tackling complex markets and thus secure their business in a competitive and sustainable manner. The IPD is a professional platform dedicated to this idea.«

Christoph G. Schmitt
Latein America Association

»The IPD will build a bridge which will lead to a better understanding and to a more successful economic exchange between exporters from developing countries and emerging markets and im-porters from Germany and Europe.«

Ulf Bohlmann
Julius Bohlmann e.K.

»Exporters from emerging markets and developing countries and importers from Europe depend on all types of support from associations, Chambers of Industry and Commerce and other BMOs.The IPD is another useful tool to bring partners from Germany and abroad together.«

Hans Udo Bürk
Biotropic GmbH

News

 
Bonn, Frankfurt // 06.11.2017

Food Ingredients Europe 2017: Specialities from emerging markets and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk introduces regional products with great market potential

Bonn, 06.11.2017 – At this year’s Food Ingredients Europe (FiE) exhibition, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) is presenting a wide range of high quality products in collaboration with the Swiss import support programme SIPPO and the Dutch CBI. From 28 to 30 No-vember producers from Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia will showcase their regional specialities at the international food ingredients exhibition. In addition, the IPD, an initiative for import promotion, is to introduce producers from South Africa and Pakistan for the first time in Frankfurt.

 
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.

Events

Buying mission to Ethiopia // 19. - 23.11.2017
 
Buying mission to Ethiopia // 19. - 23.11.2017

Purchasing in Ethiopia: Fresh Fruit & Vegetables

Meet reliable, new suppliers. Reduce your sourcing costs. 

The Import Promotion Desk organizes a buying mission to Ethiopia.Invited are European importers from the fresh fruit & vegetables sector, who are interested in networking and forming business partnerships within Ethiopia`s growers and exporting companies.

Check product quality and production conditions directly on-the-spot! The Ethiopian offer ranges from mangoes, avocados and beans to sweet pepper, grapes, tomatoes. 
 
Your benefits:
Direct contact with carefully selected producers
Tailored-made b2b meetings 
Inspection of production sites of selected suppliers
Exchange and networking with other European traders and buyers.

For further information please contact:
Linda Mense

Trade Fair in Frankfurt // 28. - 30.11.2017
 
Trade Fair in Frankfurt // 28. - 30.11.2017

Food Ingredients Europe 2017

Are you looking for natural ingredients with great market potential?
Visit us at in Hall 11.0 Booth C91/C93.

 
The IPD presents 18 carefully selected, marketable companies from Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia. In cooperation with the Swiss import support programme SIPPO and the Dutch CBI, the IPD is to introduce suppliers from South Africa and Pakistan for the first time in Frankfurt.

The product range is wide. High-quality oils such as Ethiopian black cumin oil, organic Sacha Inchi oil from Peru or the most exclusive prickly pear seed oil from Tunisia will be exhibited. In addition, Szechuan pepper from Nepal, dried organic herbs from Tunisia, Kyrgyz walnuts and South African medicinal plants such as the Cape Pelargonium and the natural additive guar gum flour from Pakistan and other innovative products can be found at FiE 2017.

We connect you with reliable exporters. All companies are familiar with the requirements of the European market. Individually selected according to your requirements, we arrange meetings with suitable suppliers for you. Save time and reduce your risk.

A detailed overview of the companies and products can be found here.
Make an appointment with the IPD team!

Please contact:

Kathrin Seelige

www.figlobal.com

Trade fair in Hannover // 12. – 15.01.2018
 
Trade fair in Hannover // 12. – 15.01.2018

Domotex 2018

New species from sustainable forests

On the Domotex in Hannover – world´s leading trade fair in floorings – the IPD in cooperation with PromPerú will present promising suppliers of new timber species which have not yet been available on the German market.
Further information will be available soon.

For any question beforehand please contact

Frank Maul

www.domotex.de

Publications

Brochure (only in German)
 
Brochure (only in German)

BGA Broschüre Import

Import - Garant für Deutschlands Wirtschaftsstärke

Die Bedeutung der Importe für den deutschen Außenhandel wird vielfach unterschätzt. Das spiegelt sich auch in der Außenwirtschaftsförderung Deutschlands wider: Unternehmen werden bei der Erschließung neuer Absatzmärkte unterstützt. Die Suche nach neuen ausländischen Lieferanten hingegen wird kaum gefördert. Dies ist nicht mehr zeitgemäß. Durch die fortschreitende Globalisierung werden Importe immer wichtiger für die deutsche Volkswirtschaft.

Der Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen (BGA) möchte mit dieser Broschüre auf die zunehmende Bedeutung von Einfuhren für das Wirtschaftsmodell Deutschlands aufmerksam machen. Mit der Errichtung des Import Promotion Desk ist dem BGA gemeinsam mit Partnern der Einstieg in die entwicklungsorientierte Importförderung gelungen. Der BGA setzt sich dafür ein, dass die Importförderung in Deutschland weiter verstärkt wird.

Herausgeber: Bundesverband Großhandel, Außenhandel, Dienstleistungen (BGA)

 
Success Story

Medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalaya

CO-OPERATION PROJECT BETWEEN GIZ AND IPD ENCOURAGES THE EXPANSION OF NEPALESE EXPORTS

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

Sustainable and aromatic: Organic walnuts from Kyrgyzstan

IMPORT PROMOTION DESK OPENS THE DOOR TO THE EU MARKET FOR KYRGYZ EXPORTERS

The Kyrgyz export company Vega Plus has made the leap into the European market. In February 2017 the  company exhibited at the BIOFACH Exhibition in Nuremberg and introduced its sustainable farming products to the international specialists at the event. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) prepared Vega Plus intensely for the trade fair and also supported the company through the “last mile” with match-making. The success of the exhibition was quickly followed by the first business deal with Swiss importer Tinibaev Waldgeschenke KlG.

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