Exporting to Germany

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Exporting to Germany

Germany imports more than $1.2 trillion worth of goods every year with the main products being machinery, commodities, chemicals, vehicles and agricultural products. Domestic demand is very strong and remains robust despite the ongoing slowdown in China, to which it is heavily exposed.

As the largest economy in Europe and the fifth largest by GDP in the world Germany is a central pillar of the European Union. This is reflected in their trade practices with more than 50% of imports coming from the EU, while other main trading partners include China, the United States, Switzerland and Russia.

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Country Profile

CapitalFederal Republic of GermanyBundesrepublik Deutschland(German) Flag Coat of arms Motto:"Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" (de facto)"Unity and Justice and Freedom"Anthem:"Deutschlandlied" (third verse only)"Song of Germany"Show globeShow map of EuropeLocation of Germany(dark green)?in Europe(green &dark grey)?in the European Union(green)Berlin
Population
Area357,386  km2 (137,988 sq mi)
km2 (62nd)
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
GDP
Languages.mw-parser-output .nobold{font-weight:normal}German

Germany: Imports Profile

Imports from Germany

Imports from Germany:GDP by componentHousehold consumption: 53.7%Government consumption: 19.9%Investment in fixed capital: 20.1%Investment in inventories: -1%Exports of goods and services: 47.3% of goods and services: -40% (2017 est.)
Import commodities:Frankfurt, the financial capital of GermanyCurrencyEuro (EUR) = 1.17 USDFiscal year1 January – 31 DecemberTrade organisationsEU, WTO and OECDStatisticsGDP$4.029 trillion (nominal, 2018)$4.379 trillion (PPP, 2018)GDP rank4th (nominal)5th (PPP)GDP growth2% (2018)GDP per capita$48, 669 (nominal, 2018)$52, 896 (PPP, 2018)GDP per capita rank17th (nominal)18th (PPP)GDP by sectoragriculture: 0.6%, industry: 30.1%, services: 69.3% (2017 est.)GDP by componentHousehold consumption: 53.7%Government consumption: 19.9%Investment in fixed capital: 20.1%Investment in inventories: -1%Exports of goods and services: 47.3%Imports of goods and services: -40% (2017 est.)Inflation (CPI) 2% (2018)Population below poverty line 19.7 (2016)Gini coefficient29.5 (2016)Labour force45.9 million (2017 est.)Labour force by occupationagriculture (1.4%), industry (24.2%), services (74.3%) (2016)Unemployment3.4% (July 2018)Average gross salary€3, 771 / $4, 638 monthly (2017)Average net salary€2, 269 / $2, 791 monthly (2016)Main industriesIronsteelcoalcementchemicalsmachineryvehiclesmachine toolselectronicsautomobilesfood and beveragesshipbuildingtextilesEase-of-doing-business rank20th (2018)ExternalExports $1.401 trillion (2017 est.)Export goodsmotor vehicles, machinery, chemicals, computer and electronic products, electrical equipment, pharmaceuticals, metals, transport equipment, foodstuffs, textiles, rubber and plastic productsMain export partners European Union 58% United States 8.8% China 6.4%  Switzerland 4.1% Turkey 1.9%Other 20.8%Imports$1.104 trillion (2017 est.)machinery, data processing equipment, vehicles, chemicals, oil and gas, metals, electric equipment, pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, agricultural productsMain import partners European Union 57.6% China 9.9% United States 6.2%  Switzerland 4.7% Russia 2.8%Other 18.8%FDI stock$1.455 trillion (31 December 2017 est.)Gross external debt$5.084 trillion (31 March 2017)Public financesPublic debt 64.13% of GDP (2017) 68.4% of GDP (2016 est.)Revenues$1.598 trillion (2017 est.)Expenses$1.573 trillion (2017 est.)Economic aiddonor: ODA, $24.67 billion (2016)Credit ratingStandard & Poor's: AAAOutlook: StableMoody's: AaaOutlook: StableFitch: AAAOutlook: StableForeign reserves$0.36 trillion (June 2018) Main data source: CIA World Fact Book All values, unless otherwise stated, are in US dollars.
Top import destinations:European Union 57.6% China 9.9% United States 6.2%  Switzerland 4.7% Russia 2.8% Other 18.8%
GDP growth (annual %)

Exporting to Germany: What is trade finance?

Stock finance is a revolving facility which alternative lenders offer - it enables SMEs to buy stock supplies and can help ease working capital problems.

Generally, a trade financier will fund most of the cost of the product, including charges (e.g. shipping costs).

Trade finance offers added advantages over more traditional bank finance such as bridging mortgages or loans. Trade finance provides up front funding without affecting existing bank relationships.

How does it work?

If you're an organisation importing or exporting goods from or to other countries, then a trade finance facility would help you to fund this through offering a letter of credit (LC) or some form of cash advance.

I’m looking to export to Germany, how can Trade Finance Global help, and how does it work?

If you’re looking to export goods to other markets, you may need export finance, which is a commercial agreement between you (the exporter), and the foreign importer. A non-bank lender will advance you the cost of producing the stock that you’re exporting (as a debt product), either once you have shipped the goods, or before you have manufactured them. Once your foreign importer has received the stock supplies and pays you for the import, you will repay the advance loan from the lender over an agreed period of time.

Read the TFG Exporters Guide here.

Importing from Germany? Contact our local experts

First Name*

Last Name*

Your Organisation*

How much trade finance are you seeking?*

Your Email*

Telephone Number*

Briefly, what type of stock or trade are you looking to finance?

(Marketing Terms can be found here)

Country Profile

CapitalFederal Republic of GermanyBundesrepublik Deutschland(German) Flag Coat of arms Motto:"Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit" (de facto)"Unity and Justice and Freedom"Anthem:"Deutschlandlied" (third verse only)"Song of Germany"Show globeShow map of EuropeLocation of Germany(dark green)?in Europe(green &dark grey)?in the European Union(green)Berlin
Population
Area357,386  km2 (137,988 sq mi)
km2 (62nd)
CurrencyEuro (EUR)
GDP
Languages.mw-parser-output .nobold{font-weight:normal}German

1.96

Econ Complexity 3rd of 214
1991
2016

$1.25T

Exports 3rd of 221
1991
2016

$973B

Imports 3rd of 221
1991
2016

$48.9k

GDP Per Capita 20th of 214
1991
2016
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