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Corona virus: Current VDMA information
The VDMA is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus.
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China imposes temporary entry ban
In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in other parts of the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry of foreigners in possession of currently valid visas or residence permits with effect from 00:00 a.m., March 28, 2020.
Austria - Entry of mechanics with commuter certificate possible!
As a commuter, presentation of a corona test is not required. Update from 26.03.2020
Corona in Russia
As of 18 March 2020 there will be a ban on entry into Russia for all foreigners
Car production in North America infected
The Corona crisis has the automotive industry firmly in its grip. The industry is responding with temporary interruptions of production. German manufacturers are also affected.
Switzerland - Fitters restricted to certain sectors
Notification procedure required from day one. Update 26.03.2020
Czech Republic has issued a general ban on entry and exit
From 26.03.2020, a new exemption for commuters in both directions will come into force.
Poland - Currently no fitters available
Border also closed for cross-border commuters from 27 March 2020
Italy - Only limited use of fitters possible
Due to corona restrictions, only emergency operations are currently feasible
Bringing back employees from abroad
Do you have employees who are stuck abroad as a result of the corona crisis and who are supposed to come back to Germany? BDI has launched an activity on the initiative of VDMA and Siemens. Please send your feedback by March 25, noon.
Corona: Who may still enter Germany
Because of Corona, entry regulations have been issued. May your employees, who are currently abroad, still enter Germany?

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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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27.03.2020
Some annual fairs will not take place this year, but only at the next regular date in 2021.
27.03.2020
In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in other parts of the world, China has decided to temporarily suspend the entry of foreigners in possession of currently valid visas or residence permits with effect from 00:00 a.m., March 28, 2020.
26.03.2020
The Corona crisis has the automotive industry firmly in its grip. The industry is responding with temporary interruptions of production. German manufacturers are also affected.
26.03.2020
From 26.03.2020, a new exemption for commuters in both directions will come into force.
25.03.2020
Border also closed for cross-border commuters from 27 March 2020
25.03.2020
Notification procedure required from day one. Update 26.03.2020
25.03.2020
Due to corona restrictions, only emergency operations are currently feasible
25.03.2020
Because of Corona, entry regulations have been issued. May your employees, who are currently abroad, still enter Germany?
24.03.2020
The VDMA is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus.
24.03.2020
Many countries have imposed travel restrictions to contain the coronavirus - so stay informed.
24.03.2020
Travel conditions to Southeast Asia, including business trips, are becoming increasingly restricted. The situation varies from country to country, here is a short overview.
23.03.2020
Do you have employees who are stuck abroad as a result of the corona crisis and who are supposed to come back to Germany? BDI has launched an activity on the initiative of VDMA and Siemens. Please send your feedback by March 25, noon.
23.03.2020
Commercial flights are now being further restricted worldwide and some have already been discontinued. Mexico is also likely to be affected by this in the foreseeable future, and the available flights are already running short.
23.03.2020
Measure to stem the spread of coronavirus
23.03.2020
A standard federal form for commuters must be carried
20.03.2020
The EU's Generalised System of Preferences, which grants tariff advantages to goods imported from developing countries, will be updated. The EU Commission has launched a public consultation on this.
20.03.2020
In a survey, the VDMA Foreign Trade Association investigated why member companies only partially use the EU's free trade agreements for exports. The result provides valuable information for future negotiations of free trade agreements.
20.03.2020
Consular Service of the US Mission closes its doors
19.03.2020
Temporary halt to car production in North America due to the Corona crisis.
19.03.2020
New US retaliatory tariffs and US punitive tariffs hit EU shipments.
19.03.2020
Foreign travelers are denied entry and the border with the USA is partially closed.
18.03.2020
On 17 March 2020 the German missions abroad in India informed local partner organisations on the spot about the updated Indian regulations.
18.03.2020
As a commuter, presentation of a corona test is not required. Update from 26.03.2020
17.03.2020
The "Sicher Reisen" app of the Federal Foreign Office and numerous German Chambers of Commerce abroad provide up-to-date information
13.03.2020
Entry restricted to persons with residence in Slovakia or temporary residence permit
13.03.2020
Basic entry ban for persons from areas affected by corona - including Germany
12.03.2020
Flight connections to Germany and other European countries are also affected.
12.03.2020
Kazakhstan has tightened preventive measures against an outbreak of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the country. The measures are in force as of today.
12.03.2020
For residents of the Schengen States, entry into the USA is temporarily excluded. Installation and service assignments are affected.
11.03.2020
About 30 company representatives met in Al Khobar to exchange information about Localization and Saudization. There were a few surprising findings. The prestentation of a SAIPEM employee was very helpful.
10.03.2020
The collapse of oil prices is sending the ruble down again.
09.03.2020
As of 18 March 2020 there will be a ban on entry into Russia for all foreigners
09.03.2020
Machine exports will grow slightly in 2019. Future prospects remain positive.
09.03.2020
Slight declines in Russia. Exports to Ukraine reach one billion euros again
09.03.2020
Survey of the German-Italian Chamber of Commerce shows concern of the local business community
05.03.2020
Measure is intended to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
27.02.2020
We have compiled new information on ESTA application and travel regulations for the USA for you.
27.02.2020
From 7 to 9 October Expo Mongolia in Ulan Bator will present technologies from all over the world. The closing date for registration for the German Pavilion is 10 July 2020.
27.02.2020
Export earnings and a diversified industry sustain Argentina. A GTAI webinar on 01 April 2020 will tell you more.
25.02.2020
After the change of government in Brazil, the mechanic visa was newly regulated. The VDMA advocates a reform.
17.02.2020
News and event information about work assignments in Europe directly by e-mail
13.02.2020
Info sheets United Kingdom, Netherlands, Portugal and Austria updated
13.02.2020
Updated VDMA position paper with demands to the European Commission and EU member states
11.02.2020
The administrative requirements for work assignments in Norway pose particular challenges for newcomers
10.02.2020
Some EU partner countries have already formally declared that they will recognise products originating in the United Kingdom as "originating in the EU" during the transitional period. Other partners have signalled their willingness to do so.
05.02.2020
The Ministry of Economics has published the foreign trade fair programme for 2019. In addition, delegation trips and specialist seminars are offered.
05.02.2020
The Ministry of Economics has published the foreign trade fair programme for 2019. In addition, delegation trips and specialist seminars are offered.
05.02.2020
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.
04.02.2020
The VDMA delegation trip "Procurement Market India - Partners and Products" will take place from 15th to 19th June.
03.02.2020
Stay informed concerning the latest progress in India
31.01.2020
With the entry into force of the withdrawal agreement, the United Kingdom will no longer be a member of the European Union from 1 February 2020. However, ambiguities remain in the preferential processing.
31.01.2020
Bad marks for the countries of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region on the issue of corruption. Georgia and Belarus are above average.
31.01.2020
The forum on 5 and 6 March 2020 is to bring together around 1500 company representatives from Germany and abroad, investors, exporters and international media representatives.
29.01.2020
President Putin has installed a new government for the second time. What does this mean for the Russian economy?
28.01.2020
Since 2012, the MERS flu virus has already claimed over 800 lives. Infections are mainly related to the Gulf region.
28.01.2020
In addition to the German edition, the trade fair calendar is now also available in the English version.
28.01.2020
VDMA expert meeting on 27 March 2020 for management, sales and business development
24.01.2020
On the basis of various studies, the EU Commission comes to the conclusion that the EU's free trade agreements are not being used sufficiently by companies. The average usage rate is "only" 80 %. Why is that?
24.01.2020
After the British Parliament has approved the negotiated exit agreement, Great Britain will leave the EU on February 1, 2020 - preferential legal effects for brexite are not yet clear.
24.01.2020
VDMA Foreign Trade Association has revised and updated its customs information sheets.
20.01.2020
From the 1st of March 2020, the Netherlands will introduce mandatory reporting.
20.01.2020
The so-called "Google tax" also affects mechanical engineering. The tax registration can sometimes have a significant impact on the rest of the company's activities in the RF.
17.01.2020
In February 2011, the EU adopted embargo measures with regard to Tunisia. This is a small partial economic embargo directed against the former rulers in Tunisia (Ben Ali government).
17.01.2020
In 2011, the EU has adopted embargo measures with regard to Egypt. It is a small economic partial embargo, directed against the former rulers in Egypt (Mubarak government).
16.01.2020
Brazil's government finally wants to do something about the "Custo Brasil". The above average costs for production, logistics, etc. are a problem for competitiveness.
16.01.2020
Several digital platforms will be launched in 2020 to provide or seek export financing for "small order values". You can read about it here.
13.01.2020
The company combines the first digital and bank-independent export financing for small tickets with a digital marketplace for export financing and payment protection.
10.01.2020
tr8fin combines professional expertise with state-of-the-art technology. Experienced finance managers from the mechanical engineering sector found an export credit platform specialized on supplier credits.
09.01.2020
With Hermes Cover click&cover fast results for small ticket applications.
08.01.2020
For just over a year now, AKA Ausfuhrkredit-Gesellschaft mbH has been offering a highly standardised, digital application process for ECA-covered buyer credits between one and 10 million euros or US dollars via the specially developed online portal SmaTiX (Small Ticket Express). AKA is thus closing the gap for small-ticket ECA-financing.
08.01.2020
A young, Hamburg-based, Fintech supports Hermes-covered export financing - buyer credit and forfaiting – starting from an order value of 100,000 €. Its promise is nothing less than the simplest possible digital processing for German companies.
08.01.2020
The new EU Dual-Use Goods List was published in the Official Journal of the EU at the end of the year (EU Regulation 2019/2199). It contains some changes that are also relevant to the mechanical engineering sector and will apply from 31.12.2019.
17.12.2019
Info sheets for Belgium, France, Netherlands, Sweden, Spain and Czech Republic now updated.
17.12.2019
Old ID06 cards only valid until 21 January 2020
12.12.2019
DIHK study on Internal Market Barriers 2019 shows existing barriers
12.12.2019
European Commission publishes 2020 statistical commodity codes
10.12.2019
Discover business opportunities in the Caspian region: A business trip to Baku from 15 to 19 June 2020 focuses on the oil and gas and petrochemical industries.
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.
06.12.2019
The state Hermes cover has increased its willingness to take risks and makes more competitive financing possible in Africa.
28.11.2019
The discussion of including rolling bearings and hydraulic components in the list of products of the Russian national marking and tracking system is becoming more concrete. This could lead to bottlenecks in supply in Russia.
28.11.2019
The VDMA India Office has analysed and summarised India's existing trade agreements with important partner countries. Interested companies can thus record the respective conditions for imports and exports to and from other markets and take them into account in their business activities.
27.11.2019
The eVisa introduced in September will bring relief for many business trips.
26.11.2019
The World Bank has published its annual report on regulations that enhance business activity and those that constrain it. 190 countries are included.
22.11.2019
From 2 to 4 June 2020 German manufacturers will have the opportunity to present themselves at Caspian Oil & Gas in Baku. Registration deadline: 7 February 2020.
22.11.2019
From 13 to 15 May 2020, German companies will have the opportunity to explore opportunities in the Uzbek market. The closing date for applications is 17 January 2020.
21.11.2019
What dangers are threatening in which country? And what is the likelihood of their occurrence? The experts from SOS International will present their current assessments at the beginning of 2020.
15.11.2019
Modern export and project finance with more flexibility and fresh rules of the game in the OECD - this is the goal that the mechanical and plant engineering industry is committed to at the OECD Export Credit Forum 2019 in Paris.
14.11.2019
The ratification process of the NAFTA successor is stalling. The political turbulence in the US Congress makes an imminent entry into force unlikely. For the time being, NAFTA will continue to determine trilateral relations in North America. But what changes are on the horizon? What does the NAFTA successor bring for mechanical engineering?
13.11.2019
The state Hermes cover no longer generally requires letters of credit in Chinese business, but in many cases L/C's remain indispensable.
13.11.2019
VDMA information sheet "Reporting obligations Liechtenstein" updated in November
12.11.2019
Application for new ID-06 cards problematic
12.11.2019
Russia ranks 28th out of 190 in the World Bank's Doing Business Rating 2020. When will companies notice this?
07.11.2019
Deposits from Argentina are permitted if the goods are delivered within 90 days, according to the Argentine Central Bank.
07.11.2019
Self-confidence and cautious optimism characterize the German mechanical engineering industry on site.
05.11.2019
Russia creates conditions for an autonomous Internet. Dmitry Kononenko of the AHK Russia reports how this is supposed to work.
05.11.2019
New VDMA information sheet on mechanical engineering relevant sector associations in the
04.11.2019
Africa is a continent with many challenges, but above all great opportunities.
04.11.2019
The Africa Business Guide is the first address for your Africa business.
04.11.2019
Kenya is the largest economy in East Africa and, according to the World Bank, reached a GDP of USD 89 billion in 2018.
30.10.2019
During the 11th Dubai Meeting on October 20, 40 representatives of VDMA members in the Middle East exchanged views on current topics. The market opportunities in Iraq and the localization efforts in the region were the focus of the lectures and discussions.
Stephanie Schwemlein
Stephanie Schwemlein
PA to the Head of Foreign Trade
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