Based in Eschborn, the is a higher federal authority that undertakes a broad range of tasks. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control has important federal responsibilities in the fields of foreign trade and payments, business promotion and energy.
One of the office's core responsibilities is export control (part of its work in the field of foreign trade and payments). It is also responsible for economic development, where its focus is mainly on conducting programmes for small and medium-sized enterprises. The Federal Office for Economic Affairs and Export Control also funds measures in the energy sector towards the greater use of renewable energies and greater energy saving.