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Optimally informed - travel restrictions and national measures for work assignments by Corona
Are you currently planning a business trip abroad and have questions about visas, travel security or the deployment of mechanics? The VDMA Foreign Trade Association team will support you!
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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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03.06.2020
In February VDMA invited its member companies in Saudi Arabia to a members' meeting in AlKhobar. In view of the current situation, a virtual get-together has now been organized. More than a dozen companies have exchanged information about the current situation.
03.06.2020
Since 10 April, persons entering and returning to Germany have had to undergo a 14-day quarantine. Exceptions vary from state to state.
29.05.2020
New provisions have been in force since 13 April. Tests after arrival remain mandatory.
28.05.2020
India is increasingly fighting the effects of the coronavirus.
28.05.2020
In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 in other parts of the world, China had decided to suspend the entry of foreigners holding currently valid visas or residence permits from 28 March 2020.
26.05.2020
UPDATE 24.05: The lockdown in Argentina has been extended until 7 June 2020. Air traffic is to be paused until autumn.
25.05.2020
Kenya's economy has grown continuously in recent years. The country is also a good starting point for developing markets in the entire East African region. A good way to enter the market is to participate in the German joint participation in KITE 2020.
25.05.2020
The air and ferry connections have been discontinued and the borders closed. Only goods traffic is possible (status 22.05.2020).
25.05.2020
The secondment of employees to Egypt is currently failing due to a lack of travel opportunities. (Status: 22.05.2020)
25.05.2020
At the moment there are no possibilities to let employees travel to Saudi Arabia. (Status: 22.05.2020)
22.05.2020
Since 14 March 2020, persons from, among others, Germany are no longer allowed to enter Turkey. On 19 March the borders were almost completely closed.
20.05.2020
After a two-month break, EAC certifications will become available again for certifiers from the EAWU despite international travel restrictions due to new recommendations from the authorities.
20.05.2020
Stay informed concerning the latest progress in India
20.05.2020
No quarantine for fitters required (update 04.06.2020)
20.05.2020
Entry into the UAE is only possible with a residence permit and additional permission. (Status: 19.05.2020)
20.05.2020
The Directorate General of Customs (GZD) has reacted to the demands of German industry and published some facilitations.
Czech Republic - installation work with negative corona test possible (updated 28.05.2020)
19.05.2020
Entry only possible with registration certificate. Update 19.05.2020
19.05.2020
Lockerungen seit dem 18. Mai 2020 in Kraft (Aktualisierung vom 20.05.2020)
Relaxation of the rules for the deployment of fitters (update 27.05.2020)
19.05.2020
Cross-border trade in services still allowed (update 19.05.2020)
18.05.2020
Inform yourself about current events in China
15.05.2020
Entry ban for non-Japanese remains.
14.05.2020
Certification of the customer of central importance (status 02.06.2020)
08.05.2020
Due to the great demand, we have decided to offer two additional dates on important customs topics.
08.05.2020
At the leading trade fair for water and wastewater technology as well as energy supply in the Middle East, the Ministry of Economic Affairs is also offering a joint stand in 2020. WETEX will be held October 26-28 in Dubai.
07.05.2020
Quarantine on entry from 8 June 2020 (status: 04.06.25.05.2020)
07.05.2020
As of 18 March 2020 there will be a ban on entry into Russia for all foreigners
05.05.2020
Government only permits activity in systemically important economic sectors
04.05.2020
National procedures for implementing the USMCA have now been completed
04.05.2020
Webinar on 16 June 2020 in collaboration with the German-Italian Chamber of Commerce
04.05.2020
The customs authorities are very accommodating to companies with a generous extension of the time limit for the follow-up request in export processing.
04.05.2020
For VDMA member companies, Inhouse Mobility offers discounted conditions - also for the electronic EU reporting tool IMACS
04.05.2020
May makes everything new - the updated information sheets on reporting requirements are now online
30.04.2020
On 29.04. the entry ban for all foreigners was extended. Unfortunately, there are still no practical exceptions for fitters and service technicians.
Are you currently planning a business trip abroad and have questions about visas, travel security or the deployment of mechanics? The VDMA Foreign Trade Association team will support you!
Still no significant corona travel restrictions for work assignments (update 23.04.2020)
29.04.2020
Stay up to date on current export and country topics.
28.04.2020
Invitation to the webfair "Operations in Non-EU countries - what is the current situation?" on 19 May 2020 from 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.
27.04.2020
As a commuter, presentation of a corona test is not required. Update from 31.03.2020
27.04.2020
Passenger traffic with neighbouring states is severely restricted. Status: April 22, 2020
24.04.2020
Currently, foreigners are not allowed to enter Brazil. Domestic travel is in fact severely restricted. Exit strategies are being discussed.
24.04.2020
More than 300 products to combat the Corona Pandemic can now be imported duty-free, and mechanical engineering is also affected.
22.04.2020
The revision of the tips brochure on doing business in China is now available. It contains highlights on the most important aspects of trading with China and at the same time links them to the respective experts in the VDMA.
22.04.2020
Travelling to China has become a big hurdle and at present even impossible. This is where the VDMA wants to help.
16.04.2020
Many VDMA members are currently being asked to provide their business partners with declarations that they operate an "essential production". This raises questions as to why the VDMA has prepared a memo on this topic.
15.04.2020
How can the stay in the USA be extended if the departure is delayed due to the corona crisis?
14.04.2020
President Putin extends the work-free week to a work-free month.
14.04.2020
Travel conditions to Southeast Asia, including business trips, are becoming increasingly restricted. The situation varies from country to country, here is a short overview (status: 01.04.2020).
14.04.2020
Economy to be supported in the corona crisis
08.04.2020
The federal government has promised the German economy a wide range of aid in order to mitigate the damage of the pandemic in the best possible way.
02.04.2020
The World Customs Organisation (WCO) has published the amendments to the Harmonised Commodity Description and Coding System (HS) planned for 2022. There will also be some changes for mechanical engineering.
31.03.2020
Since 30 March 2020, the official export credit agency has opened up its cover to EU Member States and markets such as the USA or Canada. It is designed to cover deliveries on open account on short payment terms. The EU Commission decided on 27 March 2020 on a corresponding exemption. VDMA has been campaigning for such an decision.
30.03.2020
Exporters now need cover and financing for their exports. The VDMA welcomes the fact that Hermes cover is available. Measures to secure export credits by banks must follow.
30.03.2020
US production facilities can get help for their exports. The American Export Bank announces the "Corona Response" crisis program
30.03.2020
Trump is not yet easing the measures against the spread of the coronavirus. The relevant decisions will be made by the Governors anyway.
30.03.2020
The car rental agencies have adjusted capacities. Spontaneous rentals at Frankfurt Airport difficult.
30.03.2020
Results of a comprehensive salary benchmark for over 70 positions
27.03.2020
Some annual fairs will not take place this year, but only at the next regular date in 2021.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
Corona virus: Current VDMA information
The VDMA is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus.
Stephanie Schwemlein
Stephanie Schwemlein
PA to the Head of Foreign Trade
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