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Checklist "Travel restrictions for work assignments by Corona worldwide"
Optimally informed - travel restrictions and national measures for work assignments by Corona
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Your contacts in the foreign trade department
Do you have any questions or suggestions? Give us a call or send us an e-mail - we will be happy to help you. The VDMA Foreign Trade offers you advice and help in the current uncertain times.
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Central Committees and Working Groups of the VDMA Foreign Trade and Investment Association
Work on committees is essential in the VDMA. The committees of the Foreign Trade Department deal with export issues and tasks, develop positions on trade policy issues and, last but not least, maintain a dedicated network of experts.
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Representative offices abroad
China, India, Japan, Russia or Brazil: The VDMA representative offices abroad support you with your involvement in the most important foreign markets.
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18.03.2021
The second wave of infection is also rolling in Russia. The hope for a resumption of normal travel is moving into 2021.
17.03.2021
Tyrol, the Czech Republic and Slovakia are considered virus variant areas as of February 14. Considerable restrictions on commuter traffic are to be expected.
17.03.2021
Patchwork travel regulations:. Entry into Brazil via the UK or Northern Ireland is temporarily banned. Brazil is now considered a high risk area in Germany. (as of Jan. 19, 2021)
16.03.2021
Since June 11, 2020, persons from Germany and other countries are allowed to enter Turkey again. Since December 30, 2020, a negative PCR test is required upon entry.
15.03.2021
President Biden has confirmed the entry ban from Schengen states. Now the criteria for exceptions in the national interest have been changed. Update 12 March 2021
11.03.2021
An application for preferential tariff treatment may be based on the 'certainty of the importer' for imports of goods from the UK.
10.03.2021
Stay informed concerning the latest progress in India
10.03.2021
New bilateral agreement since January 2021. Additional post-arrival testing remains mandatory.
08.03.2021
Coronavirus (Covid 19) advisories for Japan
No restrictions on work assignments of 120 hours or less (as of March 5th, 2021)
Depending on the means of transport, a negative PCR test is required (update 05.03.2021)
05.03.2021
Validity of suspended visas restored
Quarantine can be left for work assignments (Status: 05.03.2021)
05.03.2021
Work assignments up to 5 days without quarantine if BTA code is available (update 5.3.2021)
01.03.2021
With the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU Single Market and the Customs Union, the handling of exports and imports has changed completely. Due to many questions that still exist in practice, the EU Commission has published clarifying guidelines.
28.02.2021
Visa requirement extended until 1 May 2021. Entry still possible.
26.02.2021
Entry is generally permitted. Germany is currently on the "red list", i.e. quarantine conditions apply upon entry. A nationwide lockdown is in effect from January 8 to 24.
26.02.2021
Changes to visa categories causes confusion in consular departments and businesses
26.02.2021
China is changing the entry regulations into the country again as of March 2, 2021.
26.02.2021
Uzbekistan stops entry from a number of countries, including Germany.
Observe German travel restrictions for high-risk areas (as of 25.02.2021)
Negative PCR test required for entry (update 25.02.2021)
24.02.2021
Deliveries to Russia and Kazakhstan decline slightly, Belarus surprises with an increase of over 8 percent.
24.02.2021
With a significant increase in the Utilization Fee, the Russian government is further closing off the market for agricultural machinery, construction equipment and others for self-propelled machines.
18.02.2021
Three-day event brings together buyers and suppliers.
11.02.2021
According to the International Monetary Fund's (IMF) assessment, Russia has come through the 2020 Corona crisis smoothly thanks to its tight fiscal policy.
11.02.2021
Marketplace for export financing secures better conditions
Here you will find an overview of VDMA exhibition stands in Germany and VDMA-supported exhibition stands abroad.
03.02.2021
Although the new regulations for exports have already been in force since January 2020, there are still numerous questions, partly because of process adjustments, e.g. exemptions.
03.02.2021
Regarding the Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI), which was agreed in principle between the EU and China on 30.12.2020, VDMA Foreign Trade presents a first analysis.
27.01.2021
The conclusion of the Asia-Pacific Free Trade Agreement (RCEP) must be a wake-up call for EU trade policy. With this agreement, China underlines its political and economic leadership in the region.
26.01.2021
Change in the VDMA Foreign Trade newsletters
Customer letter required as proof (Status February 25th)
22.01.2021
Provision of services without underlying sales contract to be made more difficult
20.01.2021
Stay informed concerning the latest progress in Japan
20.01.2021
Due to high demand, a second date for the VDMA web conference has been scheduled: 15 February 2021, 10:00 - 12:00.
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19.01.2021
Patchwork of travel regulations: Argentina seals itself off from Brazil and selected European countries. (Status from 01/19/2021)
19.01.2021
Although introduced as mandatory one year ago, the SABER platform for exporting goods to Saudi Arabia still raises many questions - especially regarding spare parts and deliveries to end users. The VDMA is organising an information event with the AHK Riyadh.
18.01.2021
PCR-Test before travelling to UAE is not mandatory, but recommended. (Status: January 18, 2021)
14.01.2021
After Corona Lockdown, air travel to Colombia has resumed (as of 14.01.2021).
14.01.2021
Digital business initiation for German companies in the fields of Industry 4.0 with a focus on system integrators and suppliers of robots and machines
13.01.2021
Hermes Cover is still too complex for digitalisation. A BMWi study argues for further simplification to facilitate access to export credit guarantees.
Work assignment possible for up to 72 hours without quarantine (as of 12.01.2021)
11.01.2021
In November 2020, the VDMA had conducted a flash survey among its member companies in order to get an up-to-date and authentic picture of the current quarantine conditions when entering China.
11.01.2021
Inform yourself about current events in China
08.01.2021
VDMA was more active than ever in the area of EU trade policy in 2020. What were the most important trade policy topics in Brussels in 2020? What issues are on the agenda in 2021?
05.01.2021
The Trade and Cooperation Agreement between the EU and the UK, signed by the EU Council of Ministers on 29.12.2020, agreed, among other things, on duty-free treatment for goods originating in each other.
04.01.2021
Update February 3, 2021: Saudi closed borders for travellers from Germany and 19 other countries.
18.12.2020
The ICC is looking to produce a White Paper on Sustainable Export Finance by June 2021 and is offering a survey to help with this, the outcome of which could be important to the industry.
16.12.2020
The great importance of the USA as an economic partner for the German mechanical and plant engineering industry continues in an outstanding interest in the outcome of the US elections. In a publication, the VDMA therefore examines the election promises of US President-elect Biden from different perspectives and makes clear demands in this context.
15.12.2020
VDMA web conference "EU reporting obligations" provides information on reporting obligations and labour law in France
14.12.2020
In Egypt, the economy is booming thanks to income from newly developed gas fields. The EGYPS at the end of May offers the opportunity to address the oil, gas and petrochemical industry.
11.12.2020
With the programme "Fit for Business with Russia", the Federal Ministry of Economics has been promoting German-Russian economic relations for years. Focus 2021: Mechanical engineering, agricultural engineering, food processing, process engineering
10.12.2020
Kenya's economy has grown steadily in recent years, even if the country must expect a slight recession of around 0.5 % in 2020 due to a pandemic. However, moderate economic growth is expected again in 2021. The country is also a good starting point for developing markets in the entire East Africa region. A good way to enter the market is to participate in the German joint participation in KITE 2021.
10.12.2020
The dynamic situation requires adaptability. The Hannover Messe 2021 is planned as a hybrid event. Deutsche Messe AG has presented what it has in mind and what participation opportunities are available.
07.12.2020
In the second half of October, VDMA Russia conducted its first business climate survey among the Russian VDMA subsidiaries.
07.12.2020
In autumn, Russia was one of the few countries with "real" mechanical engineering fairs in the real world. And the trade fairs in reduced format have found their audience.
03.12.2020
With the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), the largest free trade zone in the world is being created in Asia. German mechanical engineering companies have to adapt to a changed competitive situation.
02.12.2020
The German customs authorities have published details on customs clearance after the end of the transition phase on 1 January 2021. This gives companies the opportunity to adapt their practical customs handling.
02.12.2020
The European Commission's "Market Access Database" has been replaced by the new "Market2Access" database since 01.12.2020.
02.12.2020
Covid-19 turns the entire trade fair world upside down. Trade fairs worldwide have been cancelled or postponed. Optimistically, we have created a new VDMA trade fair calendar for 2021, which we update monthly. Register for the new newsletter and receive a regular update.
30.11.2020
On November 25, some 20 participants exchanged experiences and views on market developments in the MENA region. The peace process in Libya inspires some hope and expectations. Localisation is becoming a challenge particularly in Gulf countries.
25.11.2020
The Ukrainian Constitutional Court considers anti-corruption measures to be unconstitutional. International partners and donors are alarmed.
24.11.2020
For new production sites, the political risks after Corona are likely to increase. State insurance offers protection, especially in the event of conflicts.
19.11.2020
After the end of the transitional period, the United Kingdom will be treated as a third country for customs purposes from 1 January 2021. The customs departments of member companies must prepare for this new situation.
18.11.2020
Together with AUMA, VDMA has conducted a survey among its members to determine their willingness to participate in trade fairs. Most of them want to exhibit again and only slightly adjust their activities.
18.11.2020
Companies that were registered before 15.11.2020 can log in without digital identity.
11.11.2020
Foreign customers can be offered a particularly attractive export credit with Hermes Cover - if the bank plays along.
10.11.2020
Climate aspects should be taken into account when granting Hermes Cover. The EU taxonomy will also be taken into account.
06.11.2020
The Combined Nomenclature applicable from 01.01.2021 has been published
06.11.2020
New fact sheet highlights differences for obtaining the respective customs simplification procedures
04.11.2020
VDMA flyer provides an overview of the range of services
03.11.2020
Irrespective of the current situation, Kazakhstan remains an attractive, if not entirely easy, market for mechanical engineering.
02.11.2020
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02.11.2020
According to a Coface survey, the payment terms of German companies are becoming shorter, and at the same time they are paying their suppliers more quickly.
02.11.2020
The corona crisis has hit Kazakhstan hard socially and economically. Added to this is the drop in the price of crude oil.
02.11.2020
Corona and oil prices are a burden on the Russian economy. Russian government wants to avoid second lockdown.
02.11.2020
Notification requirements information sheets as of October 2020 are now online.
28.10.2020
In our second quick poll we asked you about your experiences with travel to the USA. Download the results of the survey.
28.10.2020
Some 30 participants exchanged views on the situation in the Arab countries and got information on the legal framework for adjustments to the current situation in the UAE.
21.10.2020
The VDMA office in Brazil scores with its close industry contacts, also in the region.
21.10.2020
A large majority of the participants at the VDMA Brexit conference anticipate a "no deal" scenario.
20.10.2020
As of February 4, 2021, Russia will introduce the e-visa for citizens of 52 countries, including Germany.
15.10.2020
The WTO has granted the EU the right to impose punitive tariffs on the USA for illegal subsidies to Boeing. The EU Commission has compiled a provisional product list, which also affects mechanical engineering products.
15.10.2020
As an industry, mechanical and plant engineering is existentially dependent on exports from Germany and on its own activities directly on site in the target market. With both in mind, the VDMA is promoting the right framework conditions in Brussels and Berlin.
06.10.2020
We have received new information that certain exports to Saudi Arabia do not require certification.
05.10.2020
Export control is sometimes underestimated, sometimes overestimated. VDMA members can get advice and help from the VDMA, in both directions: On the one hand, they can identify and comply with export restrictions, on the other hand, they can avoid unnecessary or excessive efforts.
28.09.2020
VDMA’s office in Brussels bridges the gap between business and EU politics.
25.09.2020
In practice, export financing - supported by state Hermes cover - is often requested by customers at short notice and then "good advice is expensive". Members benefit from the experience of the VDMA and the bank-independent expert knowledge.
23.09.2020
Ask the customer the right questions in order to initiate export financing with Hermes Cover.
21.09.2020
Due to the high level of internationality of the German mechanical engineering industry, almost every member company has contact at some point with the customs authorities and the sometimes very complex customs regulations. The experts of the VDMA provide support in the legally compliant implementation of the regulations without unnecessary expense.
14.09.2020
China scores in international competition for major projects with two export credit agencies, development aid and shopping lines of state-owned enterprises.
14.09.2020
The hygiene regulations were hardly noticeable. The exhibitors recorded very good business. The results can partly be transferred to mechanical engineering fairs.
09.09.2020
Bureaucratic monster hinders EU internal market
08.09.2020
Letter campaign has lost nothing of its topicality
07.09.2020
The time of high down payments by foreign customers seems to be over for the time being. Several export financing portals offer ways of sales financing for foreign customers, especially for medium-sized companies.
27.08.2020
The cost per notification of an EU work assignment is estimated at an average of EUR 175.
26.08.2020
The many and varied regulations require companies to take great care and always be well informed.
24.08.2020
As of December 23 Israel closes its border for all non-citizens for 10 days. (Status: December 21, 2020)
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