In demand in Europe: Your certified tropical wood

The huge demand for tropical woods has caused intensive exploitation of the relevant resources as well as rising prices. Thus, not just for sustainability reasons, other lesser-known and rarely traded tropical woods are becoming the focus of economic interest in Europe.

Against this backdrop there is a wealth of interesting opportunities for Peruvian producers, including the marketing of less familiar and commercially practically unknown woods which are not yet offered by European and German suppliers. These woods have similar properties as popular tropical hardwoods like mahogany and are therefore an attractive alternative for outdoor uses. An additional plus: many suppliers now offer certified products from sustainable forestry management.

Expected in Europe: Your fresh fruit and vegetables, your natural ingredients

Healthy eating and the sustainability of food and other everyday products are becoming increasingly important to European customers. As a result, there is huge demand from European industry for natural and special ingredients, especially for the food, pharmaceutical and cosmetics sector. Here, too, Peru has a lot to offer. Whether it be traditional or exotic fruit and vegetables, natural extracts, essential and fatty oils and much more, there is certainly a market for Peruvian agricultural produce. 

We will help bring your products to Europe

This is why the IPD selected Peru as one of its first partner countries. We provide Peruvian suppliers of wood, fresh fruit and vegetables as well as natural ingredients with contacts to interested importers in Europe.


  • Fresh fruit and vegetables, from mangoes and passion fruit to grapes of outstanding quality, some with organic certification. Ginger too is an up-and-coming product segment from the home of the Andes and, particularly on the organic market, represents a good alternative to Chinese ginger for German importers. 
  • Natural ingredients for foods, pharmaceuticals and cosmetics. Processed products made from camu camu, lucuma, maca, cat’s claw, yacon as well as annatto seeds, often in top-grade organic quality. A broad range of processed fruit and vegetables such as asparagus, guanabana and physalis but also seeds such as chia, quinoa and amaranth. For the cosmetics sector Peruvian fatty oils are particularly interesting, e.g. sacha inchi oil – rich in omega fatty acids and vitamin E. 
  • Timber, wood varieties practically unknown commercially and not available up to now for German companies (e.g. Estoraque, Jatobá, Mashonaste). These have characteristics similar to those of well-known tropical hardwoods, thus representing an attractive alternative for outside uses (decking, window frames, exterior doors, etc.).

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Avocado in Germany

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Cherimoya in Germany

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Tropical Fruit Pulps in Germany

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Fresh Herbs in Germany

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Mangoes in Germany

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Virgin Coconut Oil in Europe (provided by CBI)

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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.

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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.

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