Jakarta. The trade ministry's buying mission programs helped seal a deal for Germany-based company, Indonesia-Consult RS, known as Indocon, to buy spices worth $600,000 from Kendari-based producer and exporter Multi Rempah Sulawesi, a senior official at Indonesia's trade ministry said in a statement on Monday (09/05).Indonesia is the third largest spice exporter to Germany with around 16.51 percent of the market share in 2015, Merry Maryati, promotions and publicity director at the directorate general for national export development (Ditjen PEN), said in a statement. The country is beaten out only by Brazil and Vietnam.
Over the past five years, Indonesia's spice exports to Germany grew 14.53 percent with last year's export value at $45.58 million, the statement said.
The buying mission program, conducted by the Trade Ministry, which is aimed to help boost the nation's exports, is part of the collaboration between Ditjen PEN and the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC).
“The program is the main proof that the government has relentlessly supported the local products in a bid to win the global market competition,” Merry said, adding that the government be involved in sustaining the program.
The trade ministry said Indocon is expected to be involved in the government's buying mission program.
Indocon, established in 2006, has played a role as a trading partner bridging interests between Indonesia and Germany. The company has distributed agricultural products from Asian producers to the United States and European markets. It has exported nuts, sugar products, coffee beans, spices and herbs for both markets.
Meanwhile, Multi Rempah Sulawesi in Southeast Sulawesi is a spice producer and exporter focusing on eco-friendly organic products.
The company has been cooperating with 5,000 local farmers who cultivate around 4,000 hectares of land.
Japan, Holland and Germany are the main country destinations for the company's products.