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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 information
  • Training/consulting

More about our services you find here.

»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.

»The import of food as a primary commodity for the processing industry up to the final product plays a vital role when it comes to enabling consumers to choose from a variety of tasty and safe foods. An interface such as the IPD promotes and supports business contacts between importers and exporters and thus creates an ideal platform for mutual trade relationships which are the foundation for a diverse and healthy food supply.«

Dr. Helena Melnikov
Waren-Verein der Hamburger Börse e.V.

»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


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.

Berlin // 20.01.2018

Bundesminister Müller am IPD Stand auf der Internationalen Grünen Woche

Der Bundesminister für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung, Dr. Gerd Müller, besuchte die Internationale Grüne Woche und ließ sich am Stand des IPD über Leistungen und Erfolge des Projektes informieren.

Das IPD ist auf der IGW mit einem Stand in der BMZ-Halle präsent und stellt sein umfangreiches Angebot vor, das die BMZ-Initiative „Eine Welt ohne Hunger ist möglich“ stützt. Zudem können Besucher bei einem Länder-Quiz am IPD Stand ihr Wissen über die Partnerländer testen und gleichzeitig neue, interessante Länderkenntnisse erwerben. Zusätzlich lädt das IPD dazu ein, exotische Produkte aus den Ländern zu kosten und kennenzulernen.

Besuchen Sie uns in Halle 5.2 / Stand 112.

Im Bild v.l.: Gregor Wolf (Geschäftsführer BGA e.V.), Dr. Julia Hoffmann (Leiterin IPD), Dr. Gerd Müller (BM für wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit und Entwicklung), Lucia Brandt (IPD), Dr. Corinna Franke-Wöller (Geschäftsführerin AWE)

Berlin // 18.01.2018

Fruit Logistica 2018: Ethiopia to have country pavilion for the first time

Bonn, 18.01.2018 – At Fruit Logistica, the international specialist exhibition for fruit and vegetables to take place from 7 ‐ 9 February 2018 in Berlin, Ethiopia will be represented with its own country pavilion for the first time (hall 26, stand B‐04). Seven exhibitors from all over Ethiopia will exhibit the broad range of products available from the African interior on the stand of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA).


Buying mission // 07.04.-13.04.2018

Purchasing in Nepal: Essential oils, medicinal plants, spices and tea

Reduce your sourcing costs!
Increase your contacts to reliable suppliers in Nepal!

Based on the successful mission of last year, the IPD again organizes a buying mission to Nepal. This mission gives you the opportunity to find out more about innovative products for the food and cosmetics sector. Check the quality and diversity of the Nepalese offer. You will find essential oils like lemongrass oil, Zanthoxylum oil, wintergreen oil, medicinal dried plants, spices, e.g. ginger, turmeric, Szechuan and long pepper. Most products in organic quality available.
We arrange for you visits with reliable producers – individually selected according to your needs.
All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD and its partners based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export.
Get in touch with us!

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.

Registration deadline is 5th of March 2018.
Please note that the number of participants is limited. Places are given on first come, first served basis. 

For any question beforehand please contact:
Nicole Buizer

Buying mission to Bosnia/Herzegovina // 13.05. - 18.05.2018
Buying mission to Bosnia/Herzegovina // 13.05. - 18.05.2018

International purchasing: timber products from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Meet reliable suppliers of sustainable high-quality timber products.

The timber sector in Bosnia and Herzegovina has a long tradition and contributes approx. 10% to the GDP. 80% of the forest are state-woned and FSC certified. The timber sector comprises more than 1.000 companies. The main products are:

  • Solid hardwood panels, finger-joint or furniture grade (edge-glued, full lamellas)
  • Solid and multi-layered wood flooring
  • Wall panels
  • Hardwood and softwood scantling.

The IPD organizes in cooperation with GIZ and the Swiss Import Promotion Programme SIPPO a buying mission for timber products in Bosnia and Herzegovina from13th – 18th May 2018.

Meet new exporters and check the production conditions directly on-the-spot!
All suppliers have been pre-selected by IPD based on company visits, product quality, and capability for export.

Your benefits:

  • Meet reliable suppliers of sustainable and innovative timber products.
  • Obtain information about the supply chain from concession to processing.
  • Get to know motivated associations and local partner organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
  • Network with CEOs and purchasing managers from European timber importing companies.

We recommend a quick registration as the number of participants is limited.
Registration deadline: 20th April 2018

Detailed information and the registration sheet you find below.

For further, information, please contact:

Frank Maul

Buying mission // 16.05. - 18.05.2018

International purchasing in Serbia: frozen berries, fruit concentrates and purees

Buying mission 16 - 18 May 2018 Register now!

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries – the diversity of the Serbian offer is wide. With its fertile soil and large proportion of woodland, Serbia is ideal for the cultivation of fruits. Several companies have therefore specialized in the production of frozen berries, fruit concentrates and purees and have expanded their production to organic quality.

Make contact with reliable exporters.
Check product quality and production conditions directly on-the-spot.

The IPD organizes in cooperation with the Serbian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and GIZ a buying mission to Serbia. We arrange for you visits directly to the production sites of reliable producers – individually selected according to your requirements. Save time and reduce your risk!

The IPD has pre-selected the companies based on company visits, product quality, capability and capacity for export. All suppliers produce in conventional and organic quality. They also hold important certificates such as ISO 22000, FSSC 22000 or BRC.

Deadline of registration: 23 April 2018.

Further information and the registration sheet you find below.
If you are interested, we provide you with more details on the companies and their products. Please contact:

Judith Emmerling


Success Story

Tropical timber from sustainably managed forests


The tropical rainforest is at risk from overexploitation and fire clearance, and this has brought trading in tropical timber into disrepute. Timber companies from countries like Peru therefore encounter difficulties in exporting their tropical wood products to the EU market. They are supported by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the precondition being that their timber is verifiably sourced from legal and sustainable forestry. Maderacre Rio Acre SAC is a company that meets the criteria of the FSC, demonstrating in practice that responsible forest management can help to protect the rainforest.

Success Story

GIZ and IPD collaboration in Nepal bearing fruit


Within the framework of the “Nepal Trade Integration Strategy” GIZ and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are supporting a model project promoting the export of medicinal and aromatic plants. The project shows how specific sectoral support can help establish efficient value creation chains and enable Nepalese firms direct access to the German trade market. The half-time evaluation of the export promotion programme in Nepal showed that in 2016 alone Nepalese producers exported to the EU medicinal plant products worth 1.2 million Euros.

Success Story

Medicinal and aromatic plants from the Himalaya


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.

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