TRADING WITH

GERMANY

TRADING WITH

GERMANY

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What makes this famously efficient economy tick?

As Europe’s largest economy, and the world’s fourth-largest economy, Germany offers long-term potential for UK businesses. Our nations already have a strong trade relationship with Germany being the UK’s second-largest trading partner. Government data recorded 10.2% of all UK trade in 2019 heading to Germany, with total trade between the two countries amounting to £136 billion.

Offering competitive tax regulations and a stable political and economic framework, Germany has been ranked 22nd on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business ranking, and the nation is seeing year-on-year increases in cross-border purchases. The most popular countries Germany is buying from online are China, the UK, the US and France; motivation for shopping abroad is better product availability, appealing offers and better condition of products.

The digitisation of Germany’s industry and economy has helped its rise to become Western Europe’s second-largest e-commerce market. Retail e-commerce sales are expected to reach US$82,068m in 2020, and the number of e-commerce shoppers is expected to amount to 68.2m by 2024, providing strong opportunities for British businesses looking to grow their international e-commerce sales.

Read on to find out more about the opportunities for your business in Germany.

COUNTRY PROFILE

Population: 83.02 million

Currency: Euro

Business language: German

Ease of Doing Business: Ranked 22 out of 190

 

BUSINESS ETIQUETTE

PEOPLE SHOULD ALWAYS BE ADDRESSED BY THEIR FULL TITLE – NO MATTER HOW EXTRAORDINARILY LONG IT MAY BE

EXPORT OPPORTUNITIES FOR UK BUSINESSES

Take a look at the top five categories that Germany imports.

DID YOU KNOW?

The number of e-commerce shoppers is expected to amount to 68.2m by 2024.

Mobile commerce is growing quicker than any other shopping platform.

Black Friday is now the biggest day for online sales across Europe.

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Trading rules from outside the EU

If you are shipping to Germany from outside the EU or want to check if restrictions apply to your goods, view the current customs regulations for Germany.

View Customs for Germany

Get your business ready to export to the EU after Brexit

Have you made sure that you’re able to send goods from the UK to the EU after Brexit?

Put yourself in a secure position and follow our Brexit checklist to prepare for the likely introduction of customs procedures in 2021.

Find out more

Looking to calculate customs and taxes?

For an estimate of taxes, duties and customs fees, you can use our free DHL Express Automation Service (TAS) Tool.

TAS Tool

ORGANISATIONS THAT CAN HELP

Every business needs some advice on how to make the most of international opportunities. These great organisations can help.

British Chambers of Commerce

The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC)

The BCC is an independent business network with accredited Chambers in every nation and region of the UK, and in key markets around the world.

The BCC is central to supporting the UK export market. They connect UK businesses with International Chambers of Commerce, providing UK exporters with connections in new markets and creating vital documentation, including letters of credit, ATA Carnets and Certificates of Origin.

Find your local Chambers
Department for International Trade

Department for International Trade (DIT)

DIT is the government’s central organisation to support export businesses. DIT promotes British trade across the world and helps UK based businesses take advantage of the opportunities presented by international markets.

DIT offers a number of programmes and initiatives to advise and support UK businesses on how to grow internationally. Look up commodity codes, duty and VAT rates using the DIT’s trade tariff checker service.

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Do you have any questions?

If you need help or support on trading with Germany, help is available. If you already have an account – speak to your Account Manager for more information alternatively;

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Call 01332 828402 for DHL’s Small Business Export Advisors or email gettingstarted@dhl.com

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