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, 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/Köln // 22.05.2017

Fast-growing timber from Indonesia showcased at interzum 2017

Bonn, May 22nd, 2017 – Indonesian fast-growing timber is significantly lighter than local timber species, its cultivation helps preserve the natural forests and its import is zero risk with respect to the EUTR. And its use for construction, furniture and interior works has been constantly increasing. This trend has been confirmed at interzum 2017, the world's leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design, at which six Indonesian lightweight timber exporters have successfully presented their products.

Important volumes of the lightweight species Balsa, Albasia and Jabon are being planted by Indonesian small-scale farmers, therewith reforesting damaged areas. The big advantage: these lightweight timber species grow up to five times faster than spruce does in Europe – the tropical climate in Indonesia allows for constant growth.
On the other hand, the European industry can take advantage of the outstanding characteristics of Indonesian lightweight timber. A closet made from these species has only half of the weight compared to one made from spruce; shelves are less vulnerable to deformation due to empty weight; and lightweight timber block boards weigh only 50 percent of particle boards.
The success of the Indonesian participation in interzum 2017 confirms the growing importance of low weight solutions in for construction, furniture and interior works. The Indonesian pavilion saw many visitors that wanted to learn more about the six exporters which offered a wide range of products, from doors for interior and exte-rior use to boards and panels for use in vehicles, ships, for furniture and instru-ments. Their attention had also been caught by the stand construction entirely made from lightweight timber, serving as an example for the multiple use of the material.
The Indonesian exporters at interzum have up to 40 years’ experience in wood processing. Indonesia, which had issued legality certifications based on the “Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu” (SVLK) sine 2013, is also the first country to issue FLEGT licenses for all exports. The competent authorities in Indonesia confirm with these FLEGT licenses the legality of the exported products – which means that importers of FLEGT licensed products do not have to apply the due diligence required by the European Timber Regulation (EUTR).
The Indonesian participation in interzum has been initiated by the Import Promotion Desk (IPD. The main reason for supporting qualified exporters in accessing the German and European market is the high level sustainability of these tropical timber species. Frank Maul, Expert Sourcing & Purchase at IPD, states that “we are convinced that the preservation of tropical forests can only work if the still existing natural forests are being managed in a sustainable manner; and on the other hand, damaged areas are being reforested and thus can serve as a puffer zone.” The IPD brings together timber importers and Indonesian producers, closely coordinating with associations and initiatives of the timber sector.

 
Bonn/Nuremberg // 13.02.2017

BIOFACH: Import Promotion Desk brings organic products to Germany

From certification to market launch of organic products – the IPD supports companies from developing and emerging nations

Bonn, February 13, 2017 – „Organic – that is the sales argument on the market for natural ingredients companies from developing and emerging nations can profit from“, says Angie Martinez from the Import Promotion Desk (IPD). As a partner for import promotion, the IPD brings organic products from developing and emerging nations to Germany: at the BIOFACH trade fair in Nuremberg, companies from Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia will present their extensive portfolio of organic products. „Experience has shown that the demand for organic produce is on the rise in Germany and Europe. At the same time, there is a great deal of untapped potential in developing and emerging nations", comments Martinez. The IPD assists companies from these countries in tapping this potential, supports them throughout the certification process and connects suppliers from developing and emerging markets with German importers.

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 Munich // 28. - 29.10.2017
 
Trade fair in Munich // 28. - 29.10.2017

Tunisian companies at the 32nd Beauty Forum Munich

Discover natural cosmetics from Tunisia!
Make contacts to reliable exporters!
 

For the first time, Tunisia presents high-quality care products at the Beauty Forum - Europe's leading cosmetics trade fair.
In addition to prickly pear kernel oil and other prickly pear derivatives, the carefully selected entrepreneurs showcase various vegetable oils such as almond oil and apricot seed oil. Spirulina products and even organic certified moringa are also in the assortment.
The producers develop their own innovative care product formulations, but also take on contract productions for European firms.
All exporters are familiar with the requirements of the European market.

The IPD arranges B2B meetings with the exporters – individually selected according to your demands.  Get in touch with us! In this way, you save time and reduce your risk.

For further questions please contact

Kathrin Seelige

Beauty Forum Munich

Buying mission to Nepal // 11. - 17.11.2017
 
Buying mission to Nepal // 11. - 17.11.2017

Essential oils, herbs and spices from the highest mountains

Reduce your sourcing costs!
Increase your contacts in Nepal!


The Import Promotion Desk 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 of the Nepalese offer. You will find essential oils like anthopogon oil, chamomile oil, jatamansi oil, and herbs and spices, e.g. ginger, turmeric, Szechuan and long pepper.
We arrange for you visits with new suppliers - according to your needs.

For any question beforehand please contact:
Nicole Buizer

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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