Foreign Trade

Containers in a harbour symbolize foreign trade; Source: diego_cervo

Exports and foreign trade are important pillars of the German economy. External economic policy aims to create a better international environment for German companies and to help businesses open up new markets abroad.

Promoting Foreign Trade and Investment

Germany Trade and Invest is in charge of promoting foreign trade and investment as well as of marketing the country to potential investors.

Trade Policy

Germany is an advocate of open markets and trade liberalisation based on a clear set of predictable, multilateral rules. Further deregulation of global trade is key to a successful future.


The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a unique joint project that has tremendous potential for growth and employment.


The idea behind the envisaged Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the E.U. and Canada is to deepen economic relations between the two markets.


The envisaged Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) is to create better access to the services markets and provide fresh momentum for the Doha round, which has been stalled.

Export Controls for Military Equipment

The German government pursues a restrictive, responsible policy on the export of military equipment. Arms exports are not a tool of economic policy.

Investment Reviews

To avoid any security risks, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) may review the acquisition of domestic companies by foreign buyers in individual cases.

International Bodies

Key global issues can only be tackled when countries act together. This requires not only international meetings and global alliances, but also globally agreed rules for countries and businesses.