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Situated in the heart of Europe, just an hour by air from the UK, Germany is the UK’s number one European export market and number two world-wide, with annual sales of more that € 2 trillion in goods and services.

While one may readily think of industrial giants like Daimler, SAP, Siemens, Bayer and VW when thinking of Germany, the country's core economic strength in fact comes from the 'Mittelstand'. The tens of thousands of small and medium-sized companies employing 70 percent of Germany’s workforce, a high percentage specialising in; high precision engineering; renewable energy; health & medical technologies, chemicals and nano-biotechnologies.

Last year UKTI Germany worked with more than 1200 UK firms in accessing this stable and established market.


While headlines may focus on emerging markets, it is evident British exporters remain convinced by what Germany offers. As the UKTI trade team continue to provide support and services to new and repeat clients again this year, its encouraging that it looks like we'll be welcoming many more UK companies to Germany soon.

What are the opportunities?
Opportunities for UK exporters in Germany exist across the whole spectrum of industry and service sector areas.

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Germany - Your business partner

Find loads of useful business information about Germany, condensed in this German Office for Foreign Trade booklet.

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Invest in Germany's guide to coming to Germany

At some point in the process of setting up a company, investors usually have to come to Germany in person. Like every country, Germany has certain entry regulations that require different types of visas and permits. What documents are needed for certain business activities? And most importantly: how can they be obtained?

The information provided above is merely an overview; should you require further details you can obtain comprehensive international trade assistance from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI).   To find out more information about this country, visit the UKTI Germany web page.


If you're interested in attending an event relating to this country or the possibility of joining a trade mission, please visit the UKTI East Midlands website. If you would like to speak to a UKTI International Trade expert about doing business with this country, please call the UKTI East Midlands office on 01332 826394.


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