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Potential Exporters

Acelda is a local company from Baucau that has exported candlenut oil (in raw material) to Hawai’i since 2006. The company employs 10 local people.
The company was provided a two-week on-the-job training by a company from Hawaii. The candlenut oil is exported to Hawaii 3 times in a year (every 4 months).

From 2005-2010, the price of candlenut oil per liter was US$5, but then from 2010-2016, the price increased to US$5.50 per liter due to quantity and price of candlenut itself. Acelda exported 76 barrels of candlenut oil to Hawaii and the price is US$1000 per barrel (1 barrel is 200 liters).

In 2015, Acelda identified a potential buyer to export candlenut oil to China (Hong Kong), but it encountered a Custom issue from Chinese government as it requires a laboratory testing certificate of the candlenut oil content. Therefore, the President recommended to TradeInvest to facilitate the communication and coordination with relevant government Ministry (MCIA) in order to respond to such issue.

The President also recommended to TradeInvest to facilitate Acelda to identify potential investors such as from Macau or Singapore to visit the company in order to explore the opportunity to produce the raw materials (candlenut oil) in the country into products such as cosmetics, perfumes, soaps and vitamins.

NPM is a local company that manufactures salt. The company built the Salt factory in 2011 and operated it in 2013.

NPM is based in Baucau, Laga, Manatuto, Ulmera, Tibar and Liquica and the main office is located in Vila-Verde, Dili. NPM works closely with the community in those municipalities.

The machineries used in the salt factory are imported from China and Indonesia. NPM has not exported their salt due to low production; the products are sold locally only. The packaging procedure is artisanal.

In the first year, NPM produced about 25 tons in total and sold for US$2,500. In Liquica, the company has 33 employees (9 men and 24 women) and 16 of the employees work in the factory.

The company has participated in the fairs in Oecusse and Aileu. The main challenge NPM faces is to find the point of sale because the customers do not care about the quality of the salt but the price.

Timorganic is a buyer that works closely with its suppliers (farmers/producers). Timorganic purchases organic products directly from producers.

The products are salt (from Manatuto), ginger, turmeric, black pepper (from Dare), chilli (from Lospalos), honey, coffee, and peanut butter.

The company has exported in small quantity to Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. They have participated in fairs in East-Timor. The company has 8 employees (2 females, 8 males).

The company also sells their products to the supermarkets in Dili such as Kmanek, Pateo, W4, butcher shop in Bemori, and so on.

The biggest challenge the company faces is related to the low productivity.

Virgo Amoris a local coffee company that was established in 2014. The company has exported coffee in small quantity to Indonesia, particularly to a restaurant in Atambua.

The company aims to import substitute an instant coffee (in sachet) from Indonesia called TuguBuaya. Virgo amor has 12 employees (4 females, 8 males) in addition to 20 temporary female employees.

The instant coffee is available in Leader Supermarket, Jacinto supermarket, and a few other supermarkets. The company sells their coffee to Ermera, Maliana and Liquica.

The 3 main challenges faced by the company are: currently competing with TuguBuaya, lack of buyers, and insufficient marketing system.

Boneka Atauro is a local company that was established in 2004 and has main objective to create jobs for local residents in Atauro. The company has 72 employees (3 males and 69 females). The company started to import dolls to Australia in 2008.

In 2010, the representatives from this company participated in an exhibition in Portugal with the support from Instituto de Camões.

In 2015, the company exported 500 dolls and Christmas ornaments to England. The price of products ranges from US$3 to US$25. The company utilizes SDV services to export dolls to Australia.

The company was then turned into a Cooperative that focuses on 3 businesses, which are restaurant, local goods production (toys, bags, school materials) and inn (Pousada).

Some of the issues that hinder BonekaAtauro business include land and property issue and lack of buyers. The Cooperative members have been trained by MCIA (Cooperative Directorate).

Makikit group is a local company that is based in Lospalos. The company manufactures natural oil, natural virgin oil, papaya soap, Acapulco oil, and organic cooking oil.

The company has partnership with MCIA, thus received financial support from MCIA. The company also has office in Taibesi, Dili.

The company was established in April, 2015. The products are sold in Dili, in supermarkets like Lita Store, Kmanek, and Jacinto. The company has 17 employees (8 males, 9 females). The company produces about 1,000 litters of oil every month.

Peoples Trade Company is an international company owned by an international agency named PARCIC from Japan. This company works closely with its suppliers (farmers/producers) in Aileu, Ainaro, Baucau, Covalima, and Liquica.

There are 20 groups that comprise of 296 people in these municipalities. The main objectives of this company are to promote local products and improve families’ income. The company was established in October 2003 by signing an agreement between the government of Timor-Leste and Japan. The company has exported coffee and tea to Japan.

Virgin coconut oil and honey are potential products for export, however, have not been exported because the sample is being tested in a laboratory in Japan. Other products include coconut oil, peanut butter, strawberry jam, herbal tea, sardine oil, snacks, and nutritious meal for school lunch.

The company cooperates with MCIA, MAP, and IADE. The company participated in fair in Japan and Agro-commerce Directorate (MAP) brought the products for an expo in Milan.

In Dili, the products are sold in Pateo, Leader, Kmanek, and other stores.The company provides free technical assistance and equipment to the suppliers except packaging materials.

The main challenges faced by the companies are the absence of laboratories in Timor-Leste, unstable product quality, and lack of buyers. The Japanese counterparts are now expanding their market to Singapore and Australia.

Our philosophy

The Kaffè U’ut Company Unipessoal, Lda. was established in 2015 with the vision to promote and improve the coffee industry in Timor-Leste and overseas. With its first coffee shop established in the capital of Timor-Leste, we are now proceeding to move forward with other commercial and social projects in Timor-Leste highlighting the sustainability as our philosophy and mission.

Our products

Our product focuses on Specialty Coffee, dealing primarily with Grade A Single Origins Coffee Beans of Timor-Leste and Blending with our signature, as well as the very limited edition of Civet Coffee – Laku/Luwak (animal friendly as it is wild picked resulting in a very few amount of kilograms per year).

Our brand

Kaffè U’ut is a resulting brand from our philosophy to enhance the local knowledge with international trend to add value to the final products.

Our team

We are teamed up with the best baristas of Timor-Leste under SCAE – Specialty Coffee Association of Europe Certification.


Rui Collection is a Timorese designer using Tais (traditional cloth) in his designs. With natural talent, creativity and innovation, the owner of the company begins to work as aprofesional designer since 2003. Clothes, shoes, clay Jewelries and accessories are de- signed and made of tais. This small company works with the groups of women from municipalities with the purpose to inovate prod- ucts, to promote, preserve the culture of Timor-Leste. Rui Collec- tion was established in 2003. The owner designs and gathers all traditional materials in the country, then sent it over to his con- tractors in Bali, Indonesia for fabrication. Rui Collection Mission: A. To preserve and promote tais as a cultural and national identity of Timor-Leste B. To develop industry from within the fashion industry’ with its economic benefits flow-on C. To be Creative and innovated product from traditional to modern.


Rui Collection products are: Women’s/men’s clothing, children's clothing, Clay-bead jewelry, shoes, accessories made of tais. Accessories, Dresses, bags, wallets, shoes, jewelries made of traditional material (Tais) The bags are made with genuine leather and animal fur imported from Indonésia along with the Timor-Leste traditional weaving "Taís". Taís" is almost entirely made by hand. The cloth can take a few days or months to be ready. Usualy made just by women. Achievements: Chosen as a “Best Pratice Business”- UNDP/MTCI project ‘Unique Product”; Handicraft designer of Alola Foundation, Uniform for National Bank; costume design for shanghai Expo 2010 dance troupe; 100 dancers participating in Timor-Leste Independence day 2012 celebration; uniform for President Office; giving handicraft training to young women and women in rural area; participating in exchange program weaving and design in Norway 2006; jewelry training for young women in conflict 2006.

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