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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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17.08.2020
Quarantine required on return from several regions in Romania (as of 17.08.2020)
17.08.2020
Quarantine required on return from northern Spanish regions (status: 04.08.2020)
11.08.2020
Similar to Italy's SACE, the state Hermes Cover wants to finance credit lines for foreign importers with great financial strength. The new introduction of the "Shopping line", which has already been discussed for some time, is part of the 5-point package of measures of the Federal Government of 07.07.2020.
10.08.2020
At present, tariff reductions are continuously published, but only the so-called ex-tariff scenario positions for which no comparable production in Brazil has been established.
06.08.2020
The VDMA Economic Report International forecasts the development of machine sales for Brazil in 2020 and 2021 with three scenarios, only one seems gloomy.
21.07.2020
The federal states support trade fair activities of SMEs. AUMA has prepared an overview of the support offers.
20.07.2020
China spends billions on export financing every year without following the rules of the OECD. The US-Exim Bank has now been granted a programme of US$ 27 billion, expressly in order to win the competition with China on terms and conditions in export financing.
The VDMA Foreign Trade Association advises you with regard to international markets. In addition, there are various offers from the federal and state governments to support you in opening up international markets.
17.07.2020
Natives and foreigners with residence permits can re-enter Morocco according to the Africa Association. (Status: 17.07.2020)
16.07.2020
Measurements can be performed again. But Covid-19 requires the observance of hygiene regulations. There are regulations for the fairs as a whole but also for the exhibition stands.
16.07.2020
More and more VDMA members want to find out about the structure and economic situation of their customers or potential partners in China. The VDMA offices in China have taken up this demand and now offer a corresponding service via the local VDMA service company.
15.07.2020
After a first meeting on June 3, this time 6 company representatives met and reported largely uniform problems despite different experiences. A representative of the Saudi Ministry of Investment also took part.
13.07.2020
Fresh information from the Foreign Trade Department on the USA, Canada and Mexico. Subscribe now!
09.07.2020
Stay up to date on current export and country topics.
07.07.2020
USA examines adjustment of retaliatory tariffs due to Airbus subsidies
03.07.2020
EU agrees on facilitated visa issuance with Belarus. At the same time, Russia and Belarus have agreed on the mutual recognition of visas.
03.07.2020
Despite the current crisis, German companies in Russia remain on the ball.
01.07.2020
The text of the Free Trade Agreement between the European Union and the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam was published in the Official Journal of the European Union. According to a communication of 30 June 2020, the trade part of the agreement will enter into force on 1 August 2020.
30.06.2020
Thanks to tough shutdowns in the past, the Covid situation in Tunisia is under control. (July 17, 2020)
26.06.2020
UPDATE - The increase in customs duties planned by Saudi Arabia has already been implemented in a slimmed-down form as of 20.06.2020.
25.06.2020
Many companies have organised virtual customer events as an alternative to unusual trade fairs. The VDMA has organized an exchange between these companies. The results will be incorporated into the further work of the VDMA.
23.06.2020
Presidential proclamation sees job opportunities of US-Americans threatened
23.06.2020
It is not yet clear which rules will soon apply to exhibition stands. Unfortunately, there will not be nationwide uniform regulations. But there are recommendations for action by the FAMAB. Exhibitors should not let themselves be unsettled now and should wait with decisions until the concrete conditions for their trade fairs have been established.
23.06.2020
The latest survey of VDMA companies in Brazil shows that the majority of VDMA members classify the situation as "bad" at the beginning of May 2020. 42% of the companies assessed the business situation as normal and only 3% as good. The hope is that this will improve quickly.
18.06.2020
The long-awaited White Paper of the European Commission of 17 June 2020 on subsidies from third countries can at least partially fulfil the hopes of the small and medium-sized industry.
On 1.7. the land borders with Spain will be opened. Then Portugal will also be freely accessible by land again. (Status 24.06.2020)
16.06.2020
VDMA web conference "EU notification requirements" informs about the revision of the Posting of Workers Directive
09.06.2020
After the first successfully organized flights to China, the BDI and VDMA are now investigating the need for travel to other countries. The aim is to make travel possible for the most important destination countries.
05.06.2020
The Russian government has launched a series of measures to support the economy.
05.06.2020
The government of the Republic of Kazakhstan already launched a series of measures to support the economy at the beginning of March.
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.
25.05.2020
The air and ferry connections have been discontinued and the borders closed. Only goods traffic is possible (status 16.07.2020).
25.05.2020
Deployment of employees to Egypt is possible. Covid tests needs to be presented when enterring the country. (Status: 01.09.2020)
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
The Directorate General of Customs (GZD) has reacted to the demands of German industry and published some facilitations.
04.05.2020
National procedures for implementing the USMCA have now been completed
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
Optimally informed - travel restrictions and national measures for work assignments by Corona
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.
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.
24.03.2020
The VDMA is closely monitoring the developments around the corona virus.
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
Measure to stem the spread of coronavirus
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.
12.03.2020
Flight connections to Germany and other European countries are also affected.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
Old ID06 cards only valid until 21 January 2020
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