Europe. Your perfect market!

Export to new markets - with good advice and a solid network.

 

Fresh fruit and vegetables. Natural ingredients for foods, pharmaceutics and cosmetics.
Cut flowers. Technical wood.

Are you a producer based in Egypt, Ethiopia, Indonesia or Kyrgyzstan? In Colombia, Nepal, Peru or Tunisia? And you would like to take your products to Europe? To increase your international market presence? 

The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) can support you. We will provide neutral, expert and cost-effective advice to enable you to establish the know-how and contacts you need to sell to the European market successfully and sustainably.

Our services are geared towards small and medium-sized companies from emerging markets and developing countries with few or no existing contacts to Europe. Any company which fulfils our programme criteria can apply to IPD.

The IPD contributes to achieving international development policy objectives. Our work helps our partner companies boost their innovativeness, create added value and enhance their international competitiveness. At the same time we contribute to strengthening the economic structures in our partner countries.

The European Union is one of the most profitable selling markets in the world for almost all types of products. Its 28 member states and strong national economies make for a huge internal market with 512 million inhabitants. First and foremost among them is Germany, a country with a population of 83 million, tens of thousands of top companies, wholesalers and importers – all of them constantly on the lookout for new and exciting products.

We put you in touch with the right importers

Import regulations, quality standards, mandatory certificates ... – exporting to Europe is challenging and full of red tape. There are many risks and uncertainties. The Import Promotion Desk can help you reduce the costs related to the initiation, negotiation and management of your export business. Gain time and security. Because we have the contacts, information and communication channels you need to find European customers.

Hand in hand with the German private sector

The IPD is an initiative established by the Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services (BGA) and sequa gGmbH – the development organisation and partner of the German private sector. We are funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). 

»Our recipe for success is to focus on sustainability«

Interview with Dr. Julia Hoffmann – Head of Import Promotion Desk
Dr. Julia Hoffmann explains why supporting exports is an essential instrument in international development cooperation and outlines the IPD’s strategy for opening up the German and European markets to developing countries.

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»The IPD has opened the door to the EU market for us. Our cooperation with the IPD and the direct feedback from German trade partners are helping us in the continual process of improving the quality of our export products.«

Andrés Velasco Sardi
CEO of the Colombian export company Agrícola Himalaya S.A.

Full Success Story

»Coconut cultivation is an important source of income for communities in rural areas of Indonesia. Our cooperation with the IPD has enabled us to establish contracts with a lot more farmers, and the increase in exports has also created new jobs.«

Amir Sudjono
Founder of PT Coco Sugar Indonesia

Full Success Story

»The IPD has shown us how we can increase our competitiveness and the standards we must abide by. Most valuable was the support we received in obtaining GLOBALG.A.P. certification. We are now well prepared for the European market.«

Tewolde Kiflemariam
Head of Agriculture Department,
Ethiopian Union of Cooperatives Meki Batu

Full Success Story

»The IPD export promotion programme has opened many doors for us. IPD expertise creates confidence amongst customers, especially on the EU markets. This makes introducing our products so much easier.«

Rodrigo Londoño
Co-founder and CFO of SERO Colombia.

Full Success Story

»The IPD has paved the way to Europe for us, and so has given us the chance to expand. We have created new jobs, built a new factory and improved our production. This means that we are able to satisfy the high EU quality standards.«

Kanybek Aitakalov
CEO of the Kyrgyz export company Vega Plus

Full Success Story

NEWS

 
Bonn, Nuremburg // 22.01.2018

BIOFACH 2018: Comprehensive organic range from emerging and developing countries

Import Promotion Desk with organic producers from nine countries at BIOFACH

Bonn, 22 January 2018 – Colombia, Egypt, Indonesia, Kyrgyzstan, Nepal, Peru, Tunisia, Serbia, and South Africa – the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) will be accompanied by organic producers from these countries at this year’s BIOFACH. More than 30 enterprises from nine countries will present their diverse range of organic produce at the joint stand shared by the IPD with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and at the respective national pavilions. The products include herbs, spices and tea, essential and coldpressed oils, cane and coconut blossom sugar, as well as fruit and vegetable specialities from the regions. The fair, the world’s largest showcase for organic food, will be held from 14 to 17 February in Nuremberg.

 
Berlin // 18.01.2018

Fruit Logistica 2018: Ethiopia to have country pavilion for the first time

Bonn, 18.01.2018 – At Fruit Logistica, the international specialist exhibition for fruit and vegetables to take place from 7 ‐ 9 February 2018 in Berlin, Ethiopia will be represented with its own country pavilion for the first time (hall 26, stand B‐04). Seven exhibitors from all over Ethiopia will exhibit the broad range of products available from the African interior on the stand of the Ethiopian Horticulture Producers Exporters Association (EHPEA).

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.

Events

Trade fair // 21. – 25.10.2018
 
Trade fair // 21. – 25.10.2018

SIAL 2018

Establishing contacts to the right buyers

With 7,020 companies from more than 109 countries, the SIAL is one of the largest international marketplace for foodservice professionals. The focus of SIAL Paris/France is innovation in nutrition, design, retail, food service and ingredients.

At the 2018 event, the IPD will again present new, carefully selected and tested export companies from different partner countries like Egypt, Ethiopia, Colombia, Peru, Kyrgystan and Tunisia.
These exporters will have the opportunity to display their products, ranging from freeze-dried fruit, pulps and tea from Colombia, dried fruits and berries from Kyrgyzsan, to dates, herbs and spices from Egypt. Ethiopian companies will offer an exceptional range of oils made of black cumin, sesame or eucalyptus.

All exporters participating in the IPD programme will be well prepared for this event. Thus ensuring they are equipped with the required certificates for the European market and are familiar with the demands of the German trade sector.
Immediately before and during the fair the IPD will offer practical support for the exhibition, including e.g. compilation of current market information, guidance on stand decoration, sales training for successful communication with potential customers.
 
In particular, the IPD provides support through targeted matchmaking, identifying suitable German importers and arranging initial contacts before the fair begins, accompanying the b2b meetings during the event and supporting the follow-up after the fair is over.

Are you an exporter based in one of our partner countries? And would you like to participate in the IPD programme? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

Tabea Mack (Ethiopia, Indonesia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgystan, Tunisia)
Judith Emmerling (Egypt, GIZ Cooperation Serbia)

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Workshop in Paris // 21.10. - 25.10.2018
 
Workshop in Paris // 21.10. - 25.10.2018

Sales Training at SIAL 2018

Achieve new contacts to potential buyers in the EU.
Make your sales talks effective and successful.
Generate sustainable profits.

These are the goals of face-to-face contact at an international trade fair like SIAL in Paris/France.
But how to negotiate with European buyers? How to present your products attractively in a short time? How to master difficult dialogues? What are the business practices concerning communication, understanding of time, social manners, and negotiation strategies?

In order to be prepared for these issues, the IPD organises a sales training over three days for exporters participating in the IPD programme.
This specialized training provides you with the skills, concepts and methods that will help you influence the decisions of your counterparts and enhance the prospects of your trade fair participation. The IPD experts will equip you with tools and techniques to present your products to European buyers in a way that they are familiar with – so that intercultural differences will not have  a negative influence on your business talks.

During SIAL, the exporters can put their newly acquired skills into practice. For this, IPD experts accompany pre-arranged meetings with potential European buyers and give direct feedback. With this preparation, business with German and European importers runs smoothly and without any trouble.

Are you an exporter based in one of our partner countries? And would you like to participate in the IPD programme? To enter the selection process, please contact us.

Judith Emmerling (Egypt, GIZ cooperation Serbia)
Nicky Buizer (Colombia, Nepal, Peru)
Kathrin Seelige (Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia)
Tabea Mack (Ehtiopia, Indonesia)

PUBLICATIONS

 
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

GIZ and IPD collaboration in Nepal bearing fruit

SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH EXPORT PROMOTION

Within the framework of the “Nepal Trade Integration Strategy” GIZ and the Import Promotion Desk (IPD) are supporting a model project promoting the export of medicinal and aromatic plants. The project shows how specific sectoral support can help establish efficient value creation chains and enable Nepalese firms direct access to the German trade market. The half-time evaluation of the export promotion programme in Nepal showed that in 2016 alone Nepalese producers exported to the EU medicinal plant products worth 1.2 million Euros.

 
Success Story

Organic herbs from Tunisia

HERBIOTECH’S EXPORT BUSINESS PROVIDES WORK FOR A WHOLE VILLAGE

Tunisia is an attractive procurement market for dried herbs. Yet this is a little-known fact for many German importers. Most only know of Tunisia as an important export nation for olive oil. In the Kairouan region, the exporter Herbiotech employs an entire village in the cultivation of organic herbs. The Import Promotion Desk (IPD) supports the Tunisian trader as they introduce their premium-quality products to the EU market.

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