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Our focus: your contact to tried-and-tested business partners

RELIABLE trade partners in 16 countries

Sourcing for European importers and opening up new destinations for travel operators involves a great deal of time and expense. Which is why Import Promotion Desk supports you in all aspects of this important task. Who will supply at what price? How can you find reliable trade partners who not only stand out for their top-quality product offers, but also meet international standards? In all of these challenges – and beyond them too – you can make use of these free IPD services:

  • Contact brokering to tried-and-tested producers and reliable travel operators in the 16 IPD partner countries
  • Support in the international purchase of numerous products and raw materials
  • Opening up new destinations and sustainable travel products for European tourism professionals

IPD assists European importers and travel operators in seeking out reliable business partners in 16 countries. For you, this means: greater clarity, greater reliability, greater time saving!

We find and evaluate suitable import and tourism partners for you. Neutrally and cost-consciously in three steps:

Step 1

We find

We are constantly identifying potential suppliers and travel operators in our partner countries. In the process, we work together closely with partner organisations in the respective countries. Our goal are short and therefore transparent supply chains without intermediaries, in order to meet due diligence requirements.

Only companies who fulfil our high standards are taken on board the IPD programme. To that end, we visit the companies on-site and examine them carefully according to our strict IPD criteria.

Step 2

We evaluate

When examining our companies, we consider factors such as product quality, exportability, export capacity and compliance with international standards and certification (e.g. GLOBALG.A.P., ISO, IFS, HAACP and FSC or TourCert). We carefully prepare the companies for the European market, advise them individually and provide sales coaching and training on export-related topics. Compliance with internationally recognised social and environmental standards is particularly important to us, which is why we train our partners intensively in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).

Step 3

We network

We introduce you to carefully evaluated companies at trade fairs in Europe or during virtual B2B events and arrange direct contact for you. Thanks to our preparation, you will meet business partners who know what is important to European importers.

We will be happy to organise buying missions or FAM trips for you to our partner countries, allowing you to gain first-hand information on quality and conditions. This gives you the benefit of total transparency for your long-lasting business relations.


Meet our tried-and-tested enterprises at these events

Carrefour du bois

International Timber Trade Show

Carrefour International du Bois 2024

Nantes // 28 - 30 May 2024

Connect with reliable wood suppliers and convince yourself of the quality of their products!


incosmetics event

Internationational tradefair for personal care ingredients

in-cosmetics 2024

Paris // 16 - 18 April 2024

IPD presents reliable producers from Colombia, Côte d'Ivoire, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Indonesia,…

Ecuador // 3 - 10 May 2024

Discover Ecuador's diverse opportunities for your product portfolio at the best time to travel and get…

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Sourcing avocados in Kenya

Kenya // 6 - 10 May 2024

Join the IPD on a trip to Kenya. Meet new, carefully screened avocado producers.

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Buying mission Natural ingredients

IPD Buying mission to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka // 9 - 14 June 2024

Visit with IPD reliable suppliers of natural ingredients in Sri Lanka. Check out the product…

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World of Coffee 2024

Copenhagen //  27 - 29 June 2024

IPD at World of Coffee – Europe's largest trade fair for speciality coffee.

As part of the…

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Buying cut flowers in Ecuador

Ecuador // 7 - 10 October 2024

Exclusively selected for you: Reliable cut flower producers in Ecuador
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Import promotion by IPD

Our mission

Trade promotion benefiting all

IPD is the instrument for import promotion in Germany, efficiently and lastingly bringing together the interests of exporters in the partner countries with those of the European import sector. In doing so, IPD closes a strategic gap at the interface between development cooperation and foreign trade.

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Wordwide network

Concentrating know-how. Strengthening services

IPD has a large number of strategic partnerships for the highest degree of depth of services, reach and quality. We act within an international network consisting of export promotion organisations in our partner countries, German industry and partners from development cooperation.

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Success Stories

Learn more about our work

We open up new supply sources for importers and find interesting travel operators for tourism companies. And at the same time, we promote economic development in our partner countries. You can read exactly how we do this and how you can benefit from it in our success stories. 

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