Technical Wood

Good wood is of known origin.

The EU Timber Regulation requires legality. By comprehensively sourcing and carefully selecting suppliers the IPD supports the importers in fulfilling the obligations arising from the Timber Regulation. In this way the EUTR obliges everyone who puts timber or timber products on the EU market for the first time to provide proof of the legal origin of the goods.

At present the IPD is providing German importers with contacts to suppliers of various products of soft and hard woods, including:

  • Lumber
  • Planed timber
  • Plywood
  • Wood core plywood
  • Construction elements 
  • Flooring
  • Furniture parts 

Tropical hard woods from Peru

Tropical hard woods from Peru are very suitable for use in outdoor areas as they are weather-proof (terrace boards, garden furniture and window scantlings).

Teak timber and bamboo from Ecuador and Colombia

Exporters from Ecuador and Colombia supply garden furniture, decking or flooring made out of plantation grown teak and bamboo. The Guadua Bamboo is known for its strength and robustness, serving as building material for load-bearing constructions. As an impressive example, the ZERI Pavilion on the Expo 2000 in Hannover was built with stems from the Guadua Angustifolia. A total surface of 2000 sqm makes it one of the largest bamboo constructions worldwide.

Light woods from Indonesia

The light and fast-growing woods from Indonesia can serve as material for boards of all different kinds (furniture construction, interior fittings) and panelling, in particular as a composite product when combined with tropical hard wood (core is light, fast-growing wood, surface layer of resistant hard wood).

Your contact persons

Frank Maul (Berlin)

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Expert
Sourcing + Markets
Sustainable Wood Products 
(Colombia, Indonesia, Ukraine)

Thomas Derstadt (Bonn)

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Sourcing + Markets
Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
(Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana)
Sustainable Wood Products (Ecuador, Peru)

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News

 
Bonn/Berlin // 14.04.2021

interzum 2021: Wide range of wood products from sustainable forestry

IPD present plantation teak, Guadua bamboo and classic wood-based materials from IPD partner countries
Bonn/Berlin, April 14, 2021 - The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be presenting a wide range of wood products from sustainable forestry at interzum, which this year will be held virtually from May 4 to 7. The import promotion initiative will accompany producers of plantation-grown teak and Guadua bamboo from Ecuador and Colombia, as well as Ukrainian exporters of high-quality table tops made from reclaimed oak and moulded beech wood components to this year's leading international trade fair for furniture manufacturing and interior design. "The IPD's aim is to present a diverse range of high-quality wood products and, above all, special timber species to the timber trade in Europe," says Frank Maul, expert for sourcing and markets at the IPD. "In this context, the legal and sustainable origin of the woods is a basic requirement of our commitment."

 
Bonn // 24.11.2020

Opportunity for foreign trade: opening up new supply markets virtually

Import Promotion Desk supports companies with virtual fairs and B2B meetings

Bonn/Berlin, 24.11.2020 – The corona pandemic poses challenges for companies worldwide: contact restrictions make international trade relations and the search for new products and reliable suppliers more difficult. Many of the international trade fairs that serve as important contact exchanges have been postponed. Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the import promotion initiative funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), has developed a variety of online services to continue its work. In virtual meetings and trade fairs, IPD experts support German and European companies in opening up new supply markets and connect them with selected producers from developing countries and emerging nations.

 
Bonn/Cologne // 03.04.2019

interzum 2019: Indonesian light-weight wood is an alternative to classical materials

Import Promotion Desk presents high-quality light-weight wood products from Indonesia at interzum 2019 in Cologne

Bonn/Berlin, 03.04.2019 – High-quality timber products from Indonesian light-weight wood will be presented at this year’s interzum. Exhibitors from Indonesia will bring a wide variety of plywood, block board and panels made from Balsa, Jabon and Albasia to the world-leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design, held from May 20th to 23rd in Cologne. Tests by the Development- and Test Laboratory Wood Technology Ltd. (EPH) in Dresden prove: the typical light-weight wood species from Indonesia are an interesting alternative to classical wood products. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD), the German partner for import promotion, supports four Indonesian producers at the interzum and presents the special quality of Indonesian light wood products (Hall 4.2./Booth A070 B071).

Success Stories

 
Success Story

Tropical timber from sustainably managed forests

IPD OPENS UP NEW OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERUVIAN TIMBER EXPORTERS ON THE EU MARKET

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

Legal and sustainable tropical timber from Peru

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) and its partners in Peru support responsibly operating companies in their efforts to export certified timber products to Europe. An essential part of IPD’s work is to create awareness of European quality and sustainability standards in Peru’s private and public sectors. At the same time, the IPD provides German importers with an alternative buying market, which will allow them to optimise their purchasing activities and increase their product variety. In this way, international development cooperation and import promotion go hand in hand.

Product Fact Sheets

 
Product Fact Sheet

Tropical timber doors and frames for Germany (provided by CBI)

Tropical timber doors and frames are a popular product group in Germany and can provide opportunities to exporters in developing countries. Despite the economic downturn, doors and frames that incorporate added value through sustainability certification, unique design and competitive pricing, will be a top consumer preference.

Read full document on CBI.eu

 
Product Fact Sheet

Value-added bamboo products in Europe (provided by CBI)

Bamboo has been increasingly used as a substitute for tropical timber in the European market. Value-added bamboo products are becoming popular due to their characteristics of durability and strength, which resemble the qualities of tropical wood, while providing a more sustainable alternative. The European market offers great opportunities to exporters from developing countries and it is recommended that they focus on competitive prices and sustainability certifications.

Read full document on CBI.eu

 
Product Fact Sheet

Decking in Germany (provided by CBI)

Despite the economic recession, the German market for tropical timber decking remains stable, providing great opportunities for exporters in developing countries (DCs). Exporters need to be innovative and promote the natural features of their product, especially as the legal requirements implemented are complicating imports of tropical timber in Europe. Nevertheless, tropical timber decking is popular among German consumers who appreciate its aesthetic and durability features.

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Product Fact Sheet

Certified tropical timber garden furniture (provided by CBI)

The UK is a very important EU market for certified tropical timber garden furniture, providing several opportunities for exporters in developing countries (DCs). In order to optimise such opportunities, obtaining sustainability certifications and engaging in long-term relationships with your buyers in the UK is essential. Additionally, with the constrained supply of currently popular species, such as Teak and Mahogany, future prospects lie in marketing the beneficial properties of lesser known, alternative tropical timber species.

Read full document on CBI.eu

Sector information

 
Tecnical wood: broschure

Teak from South America – The Timber of the Kings

Characteristics and benefits

 
Technichal Wood: Flyer

Lightweight timber from Indonesia – an outstanding material

Characteristics and benefits

 
Guide

IPD Guide on successful trade fair participation

A survey conducted among business leaders in Germany revealed that 86% of all of them consider trade fairs as one of the most important tools in the sourcing and procurement process.1 For a simple reason: business is done between humans. People want to meet each other, see each other and get to know each other. Especially in a world that is characterised by growing digitalisation, real-life experiences make the difference.

Participation at a foreign trade fair is a not all that difficult. However, it requires good planning and meticulous execution. Especially for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), planning a participation at a foreign trade fair may be a daunting task.
This guide is intended to help SMEs approach this task successfully.

 
Technical Wood: Brochure

Commercial timber suppliers from Peru

It is widely known that the Amazon rainforest is one of the most diverse tropical forest ecosystems in the world, hosting several hundred timber tree species. However, the over-exploitation of only a few commercially valuable species - mainly driven by restricted consumer demand - has imposed severe pressure on the forests. Reducing the market pressure over this small group of commercial timber species is a major challenge for forest concessionaires, who strive to manage their forests in a responsible yet economically
viable manner. Several lesser used timber species - some of them already being traded at local market level - often hold similar physical features and mechanical properties as internationally known commercial species.
On behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) have joined efforts in
Peru. Together with the national export promotion agency PromPerú and the Peruvian Trade Office in Hamburg, a set of promising lesser used timber species for the German market have been identified together with Peruvian forest companies producing these species in a responsible and sustainable manner.
To promote these species and companies within the German market, data sheets have been developed that describe the characteristics and applications of 10 lesser used timber species from Peru. This brochure presents a contact list of Peruvian suppliers offering these timber species.

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