First Oil and Gas Conference in Angola
Since President João Lourenço took office, Angola has been working on a better investment climate, including for the oil and gas sector. More on this topic will be presented at an industry conference in June.
Azerbaijan invests over 20 billion US dollars in oil and gas industry
The expansion projects planned for the period 2018 to 2025 offer a wide range of business opportunities.
Business Initiation 4.0 in Sweden
Business trip from 21 to 24 May 2019 to Stockholm and Gothenburg, focusing on automation and ICT. Interested companies can apply to participate until February 8, 2019.
Middle East: Review 2018 Outlook 2019
The oil price and politics continue to be decisive for economic development in the region. Both have only provided limited cause for optimism in 2018 and above all political conditions will delay an upswing in machinery exports to the Middle East, although there are grounds for subdued optimism in most countries.
Eurasian Economic Union promotes cooperation
More intensive cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAWU) in technical regulation should help to harmonise market access conditions in mechanical and plant engineering.

17.01.2019
In 2019, the VDMA will once again be able to offer its members free tickets to the Hannover Messe.
15.01.2019
Stay informed concerning the latest progress in India
15.01.2019
Business trip from 21 to 24 May 2019 to Stockholm and Gothenburg, focusing on automation and ICT. Interested companies can apply to participate until February 8, 2019.
15.01.2019
Stay informed concerning the latest progress in China
11.01.2019
Since the beginning of 2019, AKA has been offering the option of granting buyer credits directly to foreign buyers for export transactions starting at EUR 1 million - without the need for a bank in the buyer's country.
08.01.2019
The year 2019 begins for Brazil with a new president. Jair Messias Bolsonaro, the small and insignificant party PSL (Social Liberal Party), took office on 01.01.2019 and thus interrupted 14 years of the rule of the Labour Party (PT).
08.01.2019
After the change of government in Brazil there is cautious optimism. The economy is expected to pick up again. German mechanical engineering companies are also looking for the right strategy for the world's fifth-largest country, which has been through a severe recession.
07.01.2019
The Ministry of Economics has published the foreign trade fair programme for 2019. In addition, delegation trips and specialist seminars are offered.
07.01.2019
The Ministry of Economics has published the foreign trade fair programme for 2019. In addition, delegation trips and specialist seminars are offered.
03.01.2019
The state Hermes cover has raised the limits for foreign shares in 2016. Experience has shown that this is a great help, especially for large-scale projects. In some constellations it remains complicated.
03.01.2019
How do competitors promote? The Italian export credit insurance company SACE has now published a particularly interesting project. An investment subsidy of 4 million euros is combined with an export credit.
18.12.2018
The oil price and politics continue to be decisive for economic development in the region. Both have only provided limited cause for optimism in 2018 and above all political conditions will delay an upswing in machinery exports to the Middle East, although there are grounds for subdued optimism in most countries.
10.12.2018
Here you find an overview on latest project news from the MENA-region.
03.12.2018
Stay informed concerning the latest progress in Japan
30.11.2018
As of January 1, 2019, a VAT rate of 20 percent must be applied in Russia.
29.11.2018
In November, Elwira Nabiullina, the chairman of the Russian Central Bank, pleaded for economic reforms before the Duma. "We must move to a new growth model," she told the parliamentarians.
28.11.2018
The growth dynamics of machinery exports to Russia slowed in the third quarter of 2018.
28.11.2018
More intensive cooperation between the EU and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAWU) in technical regulation should help to harmonise market access conditions in mechanical and plant engineering.
25.10.2018
If prepayment and letter of credit are not suitable for export, the only option is to check whether the terms of payment are secured by public Hermes cover, the socalled export credit guaranties.
27.08.2018
The VDMA Foreign Trade team supports VDMA member companies in the internationalisation of mechanical and plant engineering. We provide practical support for all questions relating to foreign business.
06.08.2018
Due to current mailings we want to move your attention to mailings, appearing to update exhibitor-data on organizers' webpages. In the fineprint are some surprisingly high fees.
01.08.2018
According to a new VDMA short study, 45% of German mechanical engineering companies have noticed an increase in barriers to trade with Russia since 2015. Particularly in public tender procedures domestic manufacturers are treated preferentially
04.07.2018
Saudi Arabia has introduced the Saudi Product Safety Program (SALEEM) from January 1, 2018, resulting into new regulations for import of goods. For most machines up to now it has not been put into action and all consequences are not known yet. In a meeting in Germany upcoming regulations have been presented. A complete translation is to follow soon.
25.06.2018
During an event in Frankfurt on June 21, 2018 upcoming changes concerning plastic packagings have been discussed. Up to now there are lacking detailed information how the new regulations will be put into action.
23.05.2018
An official German Pavilion will be organized for WETEX, the leading exhibition for water and wastewater technology as well as for energy supply in Middle East, October 23-25. Deadline for registration is July 20.
22.03.2018
Mercer has published its annual study on quality of living for expats. Cities from Western-Europe, North America and Oceania are heading the list. At the end are cities from Africa and from countries with hefty political disturbance in Middle East.
14.03.2018
VDMA is organising a tour of a DEWA top-manager during IFAT. Branly Nassour repeatedly has proven to be a "door-opener" for one of the biggest water- and electricity suppliers in Arab world.
09.03.2018
Reactions from VDMA-members show that current political tensions do not have direct impact on business relations. But now Saudi government asked Saudi companies to cut business with Germany.
09.03.2018
With introduction of VAT regulations demand invoices to be issued in Arabic. Probably this is resulting from a mistake when drafting regulations.
In March 2018 we added new information and updated data.
Here you find the contacts for information on countries and export related topics in VDMA Foreign Trade Department.
06.02.2018
Politically the region has gone through an exciting year. Slowly recovering oil price also has prevented economic recovery. But for 2018 there are signs for improvement.
24.01.2018
Saudi Arabia has banned non-biodegradable plastics packagings. This is for production within Saudi Arabia and imports. Also machinery and spare parts may not be shipped to Saudi Arabia inside non-biodegradable plastics packagings.
18.01.2018
New approaches to calculate energy costs are going to change the sector. Particularly wind- und solarprojects are pushed in various countries. Ecological aspects are gaining importance in MENA-region.
04.01.2018
Here you find a review on last week's news from MENA region.
New fees have been fixed for certificate for export to Saudi Arabia.
10.09.2014
The Certificate of Conformity, also known as SASO-Zertifikat, is causing numerous misunderstandings and regulations are often not closely followed by authorities. We try to give some explanations.
Stephanie Blass
Stephanie Blass
Assistentin des Abteilungsleiters Außenwirtschaft
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