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- and bamboo timber from Colombia

Exporters from Colombia supply garden furniture or flooring made out of plantation grown teak. The Colombian 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 m² 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 resist-ant hard wood).
The IPD is currently analysing the potential of further countries from which wood can be sourced, e.g. Cameroon, Ghana and Colombia.

Your contact person

Frank Maul (Office Berlin)

Sourcing + Purchase
Technical Wood 
(Peru, Indonesia)

Thomas Derstadt (Office Bonn)

Sourcing + Purchase
Technical Wood
(Ecuador, Peru)
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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 and opens 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.

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Trade fair in Hannover // 11.01. - 14.01.2019
Trade fair in Hannover // 11.01. - 14.01.2019

Domotex 2019

New wood species from sustainable forestry

At Domotex 2019 - the world's leading trade fair for floor coverings in Hanover - IPD will once again be presenting innovative suppliers from Peru in cooperation with the export agency PromPerú. The producers have new woods in their luggage, which were not yet available on the German market.

Visit us at  hall 13/ booth D98.

Detailed information on the exporters will be available here from January.

For further information in advance please contact:

Frank Maul


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.

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

Technichal Wood: Flyer

Lightweight timber from Indonesia – an outstanding material

Characteristics and benefits

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.

Technical Wood: Brochure

Indonesia`s Timber Legality Assurance System

Indonesia’s timber legality assurance system or the SVLK (Sistem Verifikasi Legalitas Kayu) was developed to ensure sustainability of Indonesia’s forests by promoting legal trade of timber. This system was developed since 2001 through multi-stakeholders consultations involving civil society, the government and the private sector.
The SVLK provides incentives for legality and sustainability by promoting market access for verified legal products and blocking market access for illegal products. The SVLK also promotes broader governance reforms, such as improved information, transparency, capacity, and community rights.
Under the SVLK, Indonesian timber is deemed legal when its origin, production, processing, transport and trade are verified meeting all applicable Indonesian laws and regulations.

Technical Wood: Data Sheet
Technical Wood: Data Sheet

Data Sheet Timber Peru

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