Market Reach

Market Reach

Germany's central location in the middle of Europe brings with it a closely tied infrastructure network. All European capital cities can be quickly reached by land, air or water from Germany.

Relations with fellow EU member nations are particularly strong. Customs duty exemptions within the EU allow free trade between the community's 28 member states. Nineteen member countries have introduced the euro as its common currency which has eliminated exchange rate risks which would otherwise prove an obstruction to bilateral trade.

These close relationships are reflected in the significance of the EU as a foreign trade partner. Nearly 60% of all German exports remain within the EU. Around three quarters of all foreign direct investments in Germany – and more than half of all German direct investments overseas – originate from or are made in EU countries.

Map: German Exports | Data refers to 2016 (in EUR bn). | © Federal Statistics Office 2017

Import of GoodsExport of Goods
Country of Origin

EUR bn

Destination Country

EUR bn

China

100.5

USA

  111.5

Netherlands

            91.3

France

         105.3

France

           64.1

China

           86.2

USA

            61.1

Netherlands

            85.8

Italy

            55.9

UK

            84.3

Poland

            51.0

Italy

            65.5

Czechia

            46.2

Austria

62.8

Switzerland

            45.7

Poland

59.5

Note: Data refers to 2017.

Source: Federal Statistical Office (2018)

 

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