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)

Sourcing + Markets
Technical Wood 
(Colombia, Indonesia, Ukraine)

Thomas Derstadt (Bonn)

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



Roundtable // 16.03.2021

IPD roundtable "Lightwood from Indonesia"

Exchange and development of innovative products from Indonesian light wood
IPD brings together light wood producers, importers and processing companies.

On March 16.03.2021, IPD is organizing a roundtable where Indonesian producers of light wood products as well as importers and processing companies can exchange their experiences and ideas.
The objective is to jointly define requirements for specific applications and develop product solutions in areas where weight plays a role, such as caravan manufacturing, moveable furniture, exhibition stand construction, etc.

This is because lightweight wood from Indonesia outperforms other types of wood not only because of its weight. Indonesian lightweight wood products from Albasia and Jabon can also easily keep up with the classics such as MDF, particleboard or poplar plywood in terms of gross density, screw pull-out resistance and bending strength.
Detailed information on the outstanding properties of lightweight wood is available here.

Benefit from the roundtable to exchange experiences and contribute your expertise to the development of new lightweight wood products.

We look forward to your participation.
To register and for further questions contact:

Frank Maul

Virtual B2B event // 17.03. - 26.03.2021
Virtual B2B event // 17.03. - 26.03.2021

IPD Virtual B2B Event - Lightweight timber from Indonesia

Discover the quality of Indonesian light wood products!
Establish contacts with reliable wood suppliers!

Many of the international trade fairs, which are important contact exchanges, have been postponed or cancelled. The search for new products and new suppliers is more difficult. IPD supports wood importers in this time with the virtual B2B event "Light Wood from Indonesia".

From 17 March - 26 March, 2021 interested purchasers have the opportunity to get to know reliable Indonesian producers inindividual online meetings.

Lightweight wood from Indonesia surpasses other types of wood not only because of its weight. Tests conducted by EPH Dresden have confirmed this: In terms of gross density, screw pull-out resistance and bending strength, Indonesian light woods of the Albasia and Jabon varieties can definitely keep up with the classics such as MDF, chipboard or poplar plywood. They thus offer an equivalent alternative to conventional wood-based materials.They are interesting for applications in areas where weight plays a role, such as caravan fabrications, moveable furniture, exhibition stand construction, etc.
Detailed information about the outstanding properties of lightweight wood you can find here.

All producers were selected and evaluated by the IPD. Criteria such as quality of the products, exportability and capacity as well as access to and use of legal wood from sustainable sources were taken into account. Some of the products have CE marking.

Use the IPD virtual B2B event for individual discussions and expand your supplier network.
Detailed information on our companies will be available here from mid-February.

To make an appointment or for further questions, please contact:

Frank Maul

Trade fair in Cologne // 04. - 07.05.2021
Trade fair in Cologne // 04. - 07.05.2021

interzum 2021

Convince yourself of the quality of Indonesian light wood products!
Establish contacts with reliable wood suppliers!

The interzum 2021 - the world's leading trade fair for the furniture manufacturing and interior design industry - is adapting to current circumstances and offering the fair as a hybrid event under the motto "Your space for the future - on-site and digital". 

In cooperation with ITPC (Indonesian Trade Promotion Center in Hamburg), IPD will present Indonesian companies with their high-quality products. Let yourself be convinced by the products made of fast-growing, light woods, such as blockboards and plywood from Jabon and Albasia. These are used in a variety of applications, including furniture and construction. Specialised companies in Germany offer customised coating solutions.

Lightweight wood from Indonesia surpasses other types of wood not only because of its weight. Tests conducted by EPH Dresden have confirmed this: In terms of gross density, screw pull-out resistance and bending strength, Indonesian light woods of the Albasia and Jabon varieties can definitely keep up with the classics such as MDF, chipboard or poplar plywood. They thus offer an equivalent alternative to conventional wood-based materials.

All producers were tested and selected by the IPD. Criteria such as quality of the products, exportability and capacity as well as access to and use of legal wood from sustainable sources were taken into account. Some of the products have CE marking.

Use the interzum for individual discussions.
To make an appointment or for further questions, please contact:

Frank Maul

Trade fair in Nantes // 26.05. - 28.05.2021
Trade fair in Nantes // 26.05. - 28.05.2021

Carrefour International du Bois - new date!

Due to the continuing spread of the coronavirus Sars-CoV-2, the leading trade fair for wood processing - the Carrefour International du Bois - has been postponed. The new date is now 26. - 28.05.2021

IPD will present selected wood suppliers from Ecuador and Colombia at the fair. Our reliable partners will bring a wide product portfolio of teak and bamboo to the fair. 

All companies were visited and carefully checked by IPD in advance. Criteria such as product quality, exportability and capacity as well as access to and use of legal timber from sustainable sources were taken into account. 

For more information please contact

Frank Maul

Buying missions // Dates on request

Buying missions – individually organised to your requirements

Lower your sourcing costs!

Are you looking for a specific product? And you don’t know yet from where, from whom?
You are interested in importing products from Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Nepal, Peru, Kyrgyzstan, Colombia or Tunisia? But you lack contacts to suitable exporters?
Finding reliable suppliers takes time and costs money.

The IPD supports you to reduce this effort andopens up new foreign supply sources.
We organize buying missions individually arranged for you – fully tailored to your needs.

You tell us your demands. We identify suitable exporters in our partner countries and
arrange – in consultation with you –  visits to carefully selected companies.

All suppliers are visited by us in advance and evaluated according to strict criteria, including product quality, export capacities, compliance with international standards and certifications etc.  

Your benefits:
•    Direct contact to thoroughly tested exporters – selected according to your requirements
•    Inspection of product quality and production conditions directly on the spot.
•    Tailored-made b2b meetings.

Take advantage of our offer. Save time and reduce your risk!
We look forward to providing you with detailed information about our services.

Get in touch with us!


Bonn // 20.04.2016

Third round of practical workshop “European Timber Regulation (EUTR)”

Bonn/Stuttgart, April 20, 2016 - Three years after its introduction, many companies are familiar with the EU Timber Regulation. However, there are still uncertainties regarding its practical implementation. Many companies still ask questions such as:

•    What are the requirements for German companies?
•    Where can I find credible information?
•    What internal measures have to be taken?
•    How can we limit the risks?

In the last two years, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) - together with Fairventures Worldwide (FVW) gGmbH – answered these questions successfully during workshops for numerous company representatives. Due to continuous demand, on the 14th of April 2016, IPD and FVW held another workshop in Stuttgart to convey comprehensive information on the EU Timber Regulation.

“Is the import of books affected by the EU Timber Regulation?” – Using this provocative question, Juliane Lemcke, IPD expert for technical wood, started the workshop. Hence, it was clear from the start how far the requirements of the EUTR can reach. While the complex regulation does not concern the import of printed products, it does affect the paper from which books are produced.

The EUTR affects many different areas which was also reflected by the mixed participant structure. For example, timber importers, representatives of certification companies, furniture producers and also retailers were provided with basic knowledge on the EU Timber Regulation. Familiarizing oneself with the requirements of the EU Timber Regulation, the most important aspects of the legal framework and the requirements of due diligence for German im-porters were focus points during the workshop. Furthermore, the participants learned how to put relevant supplier and product information together and where to find further information. During the workshop processes such as risk assessments, risk mitigation measures and how to embed due diligence in internal quality control system were discussed.

For further reading, Juliane recommended the EU Timber Regulation brochure, which IPD has produced in collaboration with Lemcke and various partners. The guide provides a concise overview of the legal obligations and provides assistance in the implementation.

Hannover/Bonn // 19.01.2017

DOMOTEX 2017: IPD exporters successfully at the Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017

Bonn/Hannover, 19th January 2017 – The Peruvian wood processing companies, presented by the IPD, exhibited successfully their products at the DOMOTEX, the leading trade fair for floor covering in Hannover, and made numerous promising contacts with European importers.
Not only importers showed a deep interest in the wooden floors from Peru, but even the jury of the Innovations@DOMOTEX, which every year showcases the most creative products and design highlights, was enthusiastic about the innovative products.   

The “Marine Floor” of Maderera Bozovich convinced thanks to its authentic look. The floor is laid by using a black sealant, which lends it the typical appearance of a ship`s deck. The tropical wood is 100% FSC-certified.
Pacific Wood brought the “Antique Rustique Decking” to the trade fair, a floor characterized by filled-in knots and unevenness that constitute the beauty of these used-look boards. The 100% FSC-certified tropical timber is processed entirely in Peru, securing jobs there.
Furthermore, the "Munay Deck" by Maderera Río Acre convinced the jury of the Innovations@DOMOTEX. These boards for outdoor use are composed from smallest battens of wood that normally end up as waste or are used as poor-quality cheap products. “Munay Deck” has a surface with interesting structure and convinces with the sustainability of the material.

For further information about Peruvian exporters, please contact

Frank Maul

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, Hannover // 18.12.2017
Bonn, Hannover // 18.12.2017

IPD exporters at Domotex 2018

Import Promotion Desk presents premium-quality wood flooring from Peru
Peruvian wood processors to present their products at DOMOTEX

Bonn, 18 December 2017 – Five Peruvian producers will present their innovative floor cov-erings at DOMOTEX, due to take place from 12 to 15 January 2018 in Hannover. They process premium-quality hardwood sourced from sustainable forestry. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports the producers from Peru, introducing the high-grade wood to the European market as an alternative to established tropical hardwood.

Bonn // 25.07.2018

IPD intensifies activities for sustainable economic development

German import promotion initiative is now active in 13 countries and 5 sectors

Bonn/Berlin, 25.07.2018 – Since 2012, the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) has assisted small-to-medium-sized enterprises in selected developing and emerging counties to ac-cess the European market. In its third project phase, the IPD expands activities to 13 partner countries and five sectors. The IPD supports export companies on the so-called "last mile"– it accompanies producers to the European market, arranges contacts with importers, thereby closing a strategic gap at the interface of development cooperation and foreign trade.

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).

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.

Success Stories

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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