A. Country Contacts
Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
Bundesministerium fuer Wirtschaft & Technologie
Germany Trade and Invest
Federal Ministry of Finance
Bundesministerium der Finanzen
B. Country Trade Associations/Chambers of Commerce
Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI)
(Federation of German Industries)
Deutscher Industrie und Handelskammertag (DIHK)
(Federation of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce)
Bundesverband Grosshandel, Aussenhandel, Dienstleistungen e.V.
(Federation of German Wholesale, Foreign Trade and Services)
Zentralverband Elektrotechnik- und Eletronikindustrie e.V. (ZVEI)
(German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association)
Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V. (VDMA)
(German Association of Machinery and Plant Manufacturers)
Centralvereinigung Deutscher Wirtschaftsverbaende fuer Handelsvermittlung und Vertrieb (CDH)
(National Association of German Commercial Agencies and Distributors)
C. Country Market Research Firms
It would exceed the scope of this guide to list even only the major market research or consultant companies. Most of these firms belong to one or both of the following associations and can be contacted through these:
Bundesverband Deutscher Unternehmensberater e.V. (BDU)
(Federal Association of German Consultants)
Arbeitskreis Deutscher Markt- und Sozialforschungsinstitute e.V. (ADM)
(Federation of German Market and Social Research Institutes)
D. Country Commercial Banks
There are numerous domestic and foreign banks represented in Germany; among the largest German institutions are:
Deutsche Bank AG www.deutsche-bank.de
Commerzbank AG www.commerzbank.com
Bayerische Hypo- und Vereinsbank AG www.hypovereinsbank.de
Deutsche Postbank AG www.postbank.de
F. Washington-based USG Country Contacts
U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
U.S. Department of State
USDA - Foreign Agricultural Service, Agricultural Export Services Division. The website has trade and production statistics, exporter assistance information, marketing information, trade policy news and links to the attaché reports.
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Office of Europe and the Mediterranean
G. U.S.-based Multipliers
German Missions in the United States
CMA - German Agricultural Marketing Board, North American Office
German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (Headquarters)
Representative of German Industry and Trade
H. Other Contacts
http://export.gov/germany/Contact/index.asp - U.S. Commercial Service Germany’s trade specialists can help you identify trade opportunities, find local trading partners, launch your company, and obtain market research reports.
http://export.gov - U.S. Government Export Portal
http://export.gov/europeanunion - As EU member states harmonize their regulations and increase their economic integration, a direct connection to the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Mission to the European Union can be the key to success in the EU market.
www.amcham.de - American Chamber of Commerce in Germany
www.agbc.de – Association of American German Business Clubs e.V.
www.agbc-berlin.de - American German Business Club Berlin
www.fas.usda.gov - The Foreign Agricultural Service website has trade and production statistics, exporter assistance information, marketing information, trade policy news and links to the attaché reports.
www.fas.usda.gov/posthome/useu - The Office of Agricultural Affairs at the U.S. Mission to the European Union has a very comprehensive website on EU food laws, import requirements, and duties and quotas.
http://export.gov/tradedata/index.asp - provides statistical data on trade between the United States and Germany.
www.bundesbank.de - provides information and key indicators on Germany’s economy.
To view market research reports produced by the U.S. Commercial Service please go to the following website: http://export.gov/marketresearch and click on Country and Industry Market Reports.
Please note that these reports are only available to U.S. citizens and U.S. companies. Registration to the site is required, but free of charge.
http://export.gov/germany/MarketResearchonGermany/index.asp -Comprehensive and up-to-date information about the German market and the export potential for U.S. products and services
http://export.gov/europe/ The Showcase Europe website of the U.S. Commercial Service provides trade opportunities, new business partners, market research and one-on-one assistance.
http://export.gov/europeanunion/grantstendersandfinancing/cseutendersdatabase/ -Public Procurement Opportunities in Europe
Attaché reports provide information on market opportunities, crop conditions, new policy developments and information on the German food industry. Some standard reports include: Retail Market Report, Exporter Guide, Food Service Report, and market briefs on wine, seafood, and other select products. Attaché reports can be found at www.fas.usda.gov/scriptsw/attacherep/default.asp.
In recent years, many of the German reports have been consolidated and are submitted as EU reports. We recommend that companies interested in the German market also review the EU reports.
American Food Directory
The Agricultural Affairs Office has produced a food directory entitled "American Foods in Europe (AFE) Directory of European Importers of U.S. Food and Beverage Products". The AFE directory contains listings of about 200 European companies, from 19 European countries within the EU-27, handling about 500 branded and a wide assortment of generic U.S. food and beverage products available in Europe. The directory is a useful resource for retailers, hotels, caterers, restaurants and others seeking to purchase U.S. food or beverage products but who do not wish to import directly. In addition to the hardcopy, an Internet version which is regularly updated is available at www.american-foods.org, www.fas.usda.gov
Summary of Internet Resources for Agriculture
The FAS (Foreign Agricultural Service) Mid Europe Region includes Austria, Germany Hungary and Slovenia and has offices in Berlin, Vienna and Budapest
FAS’ Trade Lead System
Foreign Agricultural Service
United States Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Global Agricultural Information Network (GAIN)
Please click on the link below for information on upcoming trade events:
Directory of important trade fairs in Germany and the U.S.
For some of the major trade shows being held in Germany that are dedicated to the food and agricultural sector and products, please see: http://www.usda-mideurope.com/text.php?id=7 Note: The promotional events listed are provided for informational purposes only. No endorsement should be implied unless specifically stated.