Here you can find useful resources on a wide range of trade, financing, investment and career topics with focus on our target markets in Germany, Eastern Europe, CIS and beyond.

We are constantly upgrading this section to make it an interesting tool for all our clients, partners and business development experts. 

Access to the German market

For companies interested in trade and investment opportunities on the German and EU markets

IXPOS – The German Business Portal

http://www.ixpos.de/IXPOS/Navigation/EN/your-business-in-germany.html
Official portal for international companies interested in the German market. Useful market information, resources and links, information on exhibitions and events. B2B platform where companies can publish their business requests free of charge. Language: English.

Germany Trade & Invest GTAI – INVEST

http://www.gtai.de/GTAI/Navigation/EN/welcome.html#invest
Official website for international companies interested to invest and establish a business in Germany. Information on investment conditions and incentives, links and resources, tools, industry reports, contacts to industry experts. Languages: English, Chinese, Japanese, German.

Wer liefert Was (WLW) – B2B marketplace

https://www.wlw.de/en/home
Search suppliers in Germany or register as supplier and to find new customers in Germany. Various commercial packages are available. Languages: German, English, French.

CDH - Federal Association of German Associations for Commercial Agencies and Distribution

http://en.cdh.de/
Umbrella association for commercial agents and distributers in Germany. Languages: English, German.

ZOLL - German Customs Authority

http://www.zoll.de/EN/Businesses/businesses_node.html
Information on import procedures into Germany for businesses and private individuals. Contacts for enquiries. Languages: English, French, German.

BAFA - Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control

http://www.bafa.de/bafa/en/index.html
Federal Agency in charge of export controls, but also import controls in line with the EU’s common trade policy, SME support and energy policy (energy efficiency). Languages: English, German.

World Trade Organisation (WTO) - Regional Trade Agreements Information System

http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx
WTO database on all registered and anticipated regional trade agreements. Detailed search and selection criteria.

Access to international markets

For companies interested in trade and investment opportunities in South-Eastern Europe, CIS and beyond

IXPOS – Das Außenwirtschaftsportal

 http://www.ixpos.de/IXPOS/Navigation/DE/ihr-geschaeft-im-ausland.html 
Official portal for German export-oriented companies. Information on foreign markets, business opportunities abroad, exhibitions, b2b events, financing possibilities. Language: German.

Germany Trade & Invest GTAI – TRADE

http://www.gtai.de/GTAI/Navigation/DE/welcome.html#trade
Official website for German export-oriented companies. Detailed information on foreign markets, business opportunities abroad, well-researched market reports by over 50 international GTAI correspondents. Possibility to subscribe to individualized newsletters for tender and business opportunities, search market data and reports according to market and industry. Language: German.

Market Access Database (MADB), European Commission

http://madb.europa.eu/madb/indexPubli.htm 
Freely available to all economic operators throughout the EU and acceding/candidate countries. Provides basic information of interest to EU exporters (e.g. import duties, related taxes and documentary import requirements applicable in export markets, trade statistics, studies on market access related topics); listing all trade barriers affecting EU exports by country and by sector and to ensure a systematic follow-up of the barrier identified and provides an interactive means of communication between business and the European authorities, allowing an exchange of information online.

World Trade Organisation (WTO) - Regional Trade Agreements Information System

http://rtais.wto.org/UI/PublicMaintainRTAHome.aspx
WTO database on all registers and anticipated regional trade agreements. Detailed search and selection criteria.

Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU)

http://www.eaeunion.org/?lang=en 
Information on customs policy, tariffs and economic information on newly-formed EAEU, consisting of Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic. Languages: Russian and member country languages, partly English.

Central European Free Trade Agreement (CEFTA)

http://www.cefta.int/ 
Information on customs policy, tariffs and economic information in the CEFTA member states Albania, Bosnia & Hercegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, Kosovo*. Access to the CEFTA Trade Portal. Language: English.

BAFA - Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control

http://www.bafa.de/bafa/de/index.html
German Federal Agency in charge of export controls, import controls in line with the EU’s common trade policy, SME support and energy policy (energy efficiency). Languages: English, German.

AGA-Portal: Foreign Trade and Investment Promotion Scheme

http://www.agaportal.de/
Information on export-credit and investment guarantees programmes of the German Federal Government to support German companies in their international activities. Language: German.

Förderdatenbank (State Support database)

http://www.foerderdatenbank.de/Foerder-DB/Navigation/Foerderrecherche/suche.html?get=b89e313f6cdb63f7e1b632ce54adbce4;search;index&typ=qk
State support programmes by German States, German Federal Government and the EU for German organisations and companies, including for activities to promote trade and investment abroad. Language: German.

NRW International (Foreign Trade and Investment Support North-Rhine Westphalia)

www.nrw-international.de
Targeted mainly at companies from North-Rhine Westphalia. Trade and investment opportunities, support programmes, trade shows events, incl. access to NRW-Export-Navigator. Language: German.

AUWI Bayern - Außenwirtschaftsportal Bayern (Foreign Trade and Investment Support Bavaria)

www.auwi-bayern.de
Information in German, targeted mainly at Bavarian companies on trade and investment opportunities and state support programmes. Language: German.

Trade Shows

Overview of leading exhibitions in Germany and worldwide. Filter by country, industry and time

AUMA Trade Fair Database - GERMANY

http://www.auma.de/en/Messedatenbank/Deutschland/Seiten/Default.aspx
Official database of exhibitions and trade shows in Germany.  Search and selection by time, location, industry and organisers. Languages: German, English, French, Spanish.

AUMA Trade Fair Database – WORLDWIDE

http://www.auma.de/en/Messedatenbank/Weltweit/Seiten/Default.aspx
Official database of exhibitions and trade show worldwide. Search and selection by time, country/ location, industry and organisers. Languages: German, English, French, Spanish.

Business Associations

Major German business associations provide wide-ranging resources, contacts and industry expertise

The German chamber system:

DIHK - Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry

http://www.dihk.de/en
Central organisation for 79 regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry, CCI (Industrie- und Handelskammern, IHKs) in Germany. All German companies registered in Germany, with the exception of handicraft businesses, the free professions and farms, are required by law to join a chamber. The DIHK speaks for more than three million entrepreneurs. DIHK does not represent any specific corporate group but all commercial enterprises in Germany. Languages: German, English.

IHK –Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry

http://www.ihk.de/
79 regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry reprsesent companies and entrepreneurs in their chamber district. They organise events, provide services and play a key role in the German system of vocational education and training. Language: German.

AHK - German Chambers of Commerce Abroad

https://www.ahk.de/
The network German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) has 130 offices in 90 countries. AHKs are member organisations with approx. 45.000 members worldwide. They represent German business interests in host countíes and provide various business support services. Language: German, English.

By industry focus:

BDI – Federation of German Industry

http://english.bdi.eu/
The BDI is the umbrella organisation of German industry and industry-related service providers. It speaks on behalf of 36 sector associations and represents over 100,000 large, medium-sized and small enterprises with more than eight million employees. Languages: English, German.

VDMA – Mechanical Engineering Industry Association

http://www.vdma.org/en/der-vdma
VDMA represents over 3,100 mostly medium-sized companies in the capital goods industry, making it the largest industry association in Europe. 38 VDMA associations represent the interests of companies from the individual engineering sectors within and beyond the association. VDMA covers the entire process chain of the capital goods industry, from the component to the plant, from system suppliers to system integrators and service providers. Languages: English, German.

ZVEI – German Electrial and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association

http://www.zvei.org/en/Pages/default.aspx
ZVEI represents over 1,600 companies who employ around 90 percent of the employees and staff of the electrical industry in Germany. Its members include global players, medium-sized and family-owned companies. Languages: English, German.

VDA – German Association of the Automotive Industry

https://www.vda.de/en
VDA consists of more than 620 companies involved in production for the automotive industry in the Federal Republic of Germany. The members are divided into three manufacturer groups automobile manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and trailers, special bodies, buses. Languages: English, German.

BME - Association Supply Chain Management, Procurement and Logistics

http://www.bme.de/en/association-supply-chain-management-procurement-and-logistics/
BME  has 9,000 individual and corporate members - from small businesses to large enterprises. It is the professional association for buyers and logistics. In 2010, the purchasing volume of BME members summarized to 1.25 trillion euros, representing a 42 percent share of their sales. Languages: English, German, Chinese.

BGA – Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services

http://www.bga.de/home.html
Leading umbrella organisation for the wholesale, foreign trade and service sector in the Federal Republic of Germany.

CDH - Federal Association of German Associations for Commercial Agencies and Distribution

http://en.cdh.de/
Umbrella association for commercial agents and distributers in Germany.

By regional focus:

Ostausschuss - Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations

http://www.ost-ausschuss.de/a-common-initiative-economic-associations-and-enterprises
A joint organisation of the leading associations representing German business. Membership of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations is open to companies with interests in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe, the Caucasian Republics and Central Asia. Languages: English, German, Russian.

Osteuropaverein - Eastern Europe Business Association of Germany

http://www.osteuropaverein.org/en/
The Osteuropaverein is the largest association of German business organisations operating in 29 countries of Central and Eastern Europe, South Eastern Europe, the Southern Caucasus and Central Asia. Languages: English, German, Polish.

NMI – North Africa Middle East Initiative

http://www.nm-initiative.de/en/
The NMI is dedicated to fostering the bilateral ties between Germany and the MENA region.

OAV – German Asia-Pacific Business Association

http://www.oav.de/english/
OAV - The Network of German companies - doing business in the Asia-Pacific region. Languages: German, English.

Ghorfa - Arab-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry e.V.

http://ghorfa.de/de/die-ghorfa/
Joint Chamber of Commerce of Arab countries in Germany. Languages: German, Arabic. 

Welcome to Germany

Work, live, get trained and study in Germany

Make it in Germany

http://www.make-it-in-germany.com/en 
Official website managed by German Federal Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Labour and Federal Agency of Employment. Comprehensive information for companies and professionals seeking employment or opportunities to study in Germany. Languages: German, Englisch and 10 further languages, incl. Russian, Serbian, Bosnian and Turkish.

Federal Agency of Employment

https:www.arbeitsagentur.de/en
Information on access to the German labour market, job board, addresses of local and regional employment offices. Languages: German, English, French

Internship Programme of German Business for the Western Balkans

https://www.djindjic-stipendienprogramm.de/
The Programme offers young graduates and students from Albania, Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia the possibility of a three to six-month-long internship at leading German companies. The interns gain an insight into corporate culture in Germany and acquainted with modern managment and work organisation. Languages: English, German

Internship Programme of German Business for Ukraine

stipendienprogramm-ukraine.de/en/
The Programme offers young graduates and students from Ukraine the possibility of a three to six-month-long internship at leading German companies. The interns gain an insight into corporate culture in Germany and are acqainted with modern management and work organisation. Lanuauages: English, German

Manager Training Programme of the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

managerprogramm.de/en/
The programme prepares executives from Asia, Eastern Europe, North Africa and Latin America for business relations and economic cooperation with German companies. A total of above 11.000 executives from 18 countries have completed the programme so far. The come from companies with foreign trade potential. On average, a group of 20 participants is in contact with a total of 60 German, primarily medium-sized companies. Languages: English, German, Russian

Alumniportal Deutschland

https://www.alumniportal-deutschland.org/eng
This portal links people with professional or educational background in Germany with international and German institutions and companies worldwide. Free registration and search for employment and education opportunities, job fairs, scholarships and networking. Languages: English, German

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

https://www.daad.de/en/
Information on opportunities to study and do research at German institutions of higher education in Germany and abroad. Links to local resources and offices of DAAD worldwide. Languages: English, German and local lanaguages on regional websites.

Go East

Work, live, study and get trained in South-Eastern Europe, CIS and beyond

Manager Training Programm - Fit for Foreign Markets

managerprogramm.de/fit-fuer-auslandsmaerkte/
The programme prepares execcutives from Germany for business relations and economic cooperation with Russia and China. They come from companies with foreign trade potential. On average, a group of 20 participants is in contact with a total of 60 local, primarily medium-sized companies. Language: German only

AHK - German Chambers of Commerce Abroad

https://www.ahk.de/
The network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHK) has 130 offices in 90 countries. Most AHKs publish job offers, information on internships or training opportunities in their respective markets. AHKs with their 45.000 member companies worldwide can advise on how best to approach the local job market. Languages: German, English

SES - Senior Expert Service

http://www.ses-bonn.de/ses-exertein-werden.html
SES offers interested retirees and experienced professionals (30+) the opportunity to pass on their skills and knowledge to others, both within Germany and abroad. They work in a voluntary capacity as Senior Experts, helping to train both specialist workers and managment staff in small and medium-sized enterprises. Language: German only (for candidates)

Alumniportal Deutschland

https://www.alumniportal-deutschland.org/en/germany/
This portal links people with professional and educational background in Germany with international and German institutions and companies worldwide. Free registration and search for employment and education opportunities, job fairs, scholarships and networking. Languages: English, German

GIZ - German Development Co-operation

https://www.giz.de/en/jobs/giz_job_opportunities.html
Information on worldwide employment opportunities with GIZ projects, assisgnments for specialists through the CIM placment service. Languages: German, partly English

DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service

https://www.daaad.de/ausland/de/
Information on opportunities for Germany to study, do research or to lecture at institutions of higher education abroad. Language: German

Osteuropa Netzwerk (Eastern Europe Network)

http://www.osteuropa-netzwerk.net/mediawiki/index.php/Hauptseite
Platform of 200, mainly German, internet resources on business, education, culture, job opportunities and events related to Eastern Europe (CEE, SEE, CIS). Language: German

JOE-List - Young Eastern Europe Experts

http://www.joe-list.de/
Information on events, publications, job opportunities related to Eastern Europe. Language: German

PwC My Mobility

http://www.pwc.com/gx/en/services/people-organisation/newletters/global-watch/mymobility.html
PwC global site and application to assist companies to hire, move and resettle staff internationally through various jurisdictions. Information on tax and legal implications, practical support through PwC network of offices. Language: English

Business Location Rhineland

Invest and set up your business the industrial heartland of Germany

NRW Invest

https://www.nrwinvest.com/en/home-nrwinvest/
Regional investment agency of the State of North-Rhine Westphalia. Information on investment locations, investment support services, industry-specific reports. Languages: English, German, Russian, Turkish, Chinese, Japanese, Korean

Trade Fair Venues

With Dortmund, Düssldorf, Essen and Cologne, NRW is the No. 1 trade fair location worldwide. Over 100 leading international fairs such as anuga, boat, drupa, medica or photokina attract about six million visitors to NRW every year:

Koelnmesse - Cologne:  koelnmesse.com/Koelnmesse/index-4.php

Messe Düsseldorf:  messe-duesseldorf.com

Messe Essen:   https://www.messe-essen.de/essen-fairground/

Regional Chambers of Commerce and Industry (IHK)


IHK Bonn/Rhein-Sieg

ihk-bonn.de/english-version/content/welcome.html

IHK Cologne
cci-cologne.de

IHK Düsseldorf
https://www.duesseldorf.ihk.de/servicemarkent/englisch/welcome2587266

International Airports

The region has three major international airports with direct connections to most European destinations.

Cologne-Bonn Airport
http://www.koeln-bonn-airport.de/index.php?id=1&L=1

Düsseldorf Airport
https://www.dus.com/en

Dortmund Airport
http://www.dortmund-airport.com