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Dr Volker Treier Chief Executive of Foreign Trade | Member of the Executive Board | International and European Economic Affairs
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International economy

The DIHK stands up for the interests of German foreign trade with respect to politicians. With position papers on free and fair trade and, for example, protection against product piracy, the DIHK is at the forefront of providing advice to decision-makers at the Federal Ministries and in Parliament. Learn more.

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"Global Gateway" must also work in practice

In October 2023, the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry called on the European Union to adopt an ambitious EU trading policy that supports German companies in their international business. It outlined the key aspects in ten guidelines.

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Dual vocational education and training abroad

Supporting companies, who want to form and educate skilled workers abroad according to german quality standards: With this aim the AHKs, IHKs and the DIHK engage together for dual vocational education and training in foreign countries.

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The German Chambers of Commerce Abroad

The Germand Chambers of Commerce Abroad advise, support and represent German companies worldwide that want to establish or expand their foreign business. AHKs are institutions of German foreign trade promotion.

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Europe

More and more laws with direct impacts on German companies have their origin in the EU. The DIHK team in Brussels is committed to representing their interests and is in direct contact with the decision-makers of the EU Commission, Parliament and Council.

International Surveys

Various surveys conducted by the DIHK organization reflect the situation in the international relations of the German economy:

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"World Business Outlook" Spring 2024

German companies are once again predominantly optimistic at their international locations and are more confident about the development of the global economy. However, the "AHK World Business Outlook" Spring 2024 shows that the spark is not yet spreading to their own business.

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"Going International" 2024

German companies are increasingly confronted with trade barriers in their international business. This is evident from the current survey "Going International" conducted by the German Chambers of Commerce and Industry (DIHK) among nearly 2,400 companies.

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Foreign Investment of German Industry 2024

Declining competitiveness in Germany, as well as a weak economy, geopolitical risks, and an increasing number of trade barriers determine the foreign investments of German industrial companies. This is shown by a recent analysis by the German Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIHK).

Merchant ship at sea with beam of light

"World Business Outlook" Spring 2024

German companies are once again predominantly optimistic at their international locations and are more confident about the development of the global economy. However, the "AHK World Business Outlook" Spring 2024 shows that the spark is not yet spreading to their own business.