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Doing Business in Germany

Doing Business with Germany

For American companies, the German market, Europe’s largest, is attractive in numerous sectors and is an important element of any comprehensive export strategy in Europe.

At Mission Germany, the U.S. Commercial Service, the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office and the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation work to promote the export of U.S. goods, services and technology in today’s global marketplace.

  • The U.S. Commercial Service offers assistance to U.S. companies doing business in Germany as well as export goods and services to Germany. Commercial specialists can help you identify trade opportunities, find German trading partners, launch your company locally, and obtain market research reports. The Commercial Service also provides extensive information on major trade shows in Germany.
  • The Foreign Agriculture Service is a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and provides trade contacts for German buyers looking for U.S. food and beverage products, market briefs to help U.S. firms enter and compete in the German food market, promotional materials for U.S. foods, a directory of American food suppliers in Europe, and trade show assistance for U.S. suppliers. The Foreign Agriculture Service is also responsible for agricultural trade issues such as agricultural policy, food aid and biotechnology.
  • The Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) is responsible for the full range of defense cooperation activities in Germany. Chief among these activities is the support of bi-lateral armaments cooperation programs. Other activities include U.S. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of defense articles, services and training. ODC serves as the link between the U.S. Department of Defense and the German Government. Germany has procured and continues to support many of its most important armaments systems through the assistance of the ODC.
     

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www.export.gov

Export.gov brings together resources from across the U.S. Government to assist American businesses in planning their international sales strategies and succeed in today’s global marketplace.
 

www.gtai.com

Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI) is the foreign trade and inward investment agency of the Federal Republic of Germany.
 

www.e-trade-center.com

The GTAI’s e-trade-center enables both German and foreign companies to publicize their products and services on Internet and, conversely, to enquire for the products and services they need. It provides them with an opportunity of presenting their diverse requirements for cooperation, such as searching for investors, technical know-how, etc.
 

www.german-business-portal.info

The German Business Portal was initiated by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, and is part of Germany Trade and Invest (GTAI). The website’s goal is to make Germany and its domestic market more transparent to foreign companies interested in Germany as a location for their businesses.
 

www.amcham.de

AmCham Germany provides research and support for business development in Germany. On the “Access Germany” section of their website you will find detailed information about their business research services, as well as information about doing business in Germany.

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