Success in international business is not just about you and your customers in Germany. Get to know the business facts of the country you are dealing with and familiarize yourself with the different business practices, cultures, customs regulations and the economy.
Country Facts Germany
KEY FACTS GERMANY
82,7 Million (2017)
Germany is the fourth largest economy in the world and the largest consumer market in Europe with 82 million inhabitants. Domestic spending has been growing in Germany for some years now.
The most important sectors are the automotive industry, machine building and the electrical engineering industry. Germany is the most important export country for the Netherlands. The most important export products are; fruit and vegetables, office and automatic data, telecommunications and electrical appliances.
Doing business in Germany
- Do you want to do business in Germany? Make sure you are aware of German business etiquette and German business practices. The business culture in Germany is more formal than in the Netherlands. Etiquette is important and tutoyers are out of the question.
- Germans want to record agreements in writing and in a binding way. They stick to what has been agreed. At the same time, a conflict is less likely to be amicable.
- The official language is German, especially in traditional small and medium-sized enterprises. If you speak German, it is highly appreciated. Germans are perfectionistic and therefore sometimes reluctant to speak English. In German, language errors are not tolerated. Correspondence must be written in flawless German. Therefore, leave this to authorized professionals. Germans are keen on quality and references.
- There is a lot of interest for product characteristics and details. Prepare yourself for conversations. Beautiful references are an important quality mark for a German. The same applies to quality marks and other quality features.
Bron: Rijkdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (rvo.nl)
Trade indicators Germany
- 4th Largest Economy in the world
- Largest Economy of the European Union
- Largest consumer market in the EU
- The Dutch Export to Germany was in 2016 €98.4 billion and import €67.4 billion
Germany and DHL Express
With our years of experience and extensive local network, DHL Express is your ideal partner to support your business in this important economy. Easily send your important documents and parcels with DHL Express to, for example, Cologne, Düsseldorf, Munich, Frankfurt or Hamburg.
....since 1977... ... 7000 employees... ... 30 Service Centers
...over 2600 vehicles... ... 340 weekly flights
Germany / Netherlands Transit times
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DHL Express strives to provide accurate and reliable information. Published transit times are indicative. At www.dhl.nl you can view the current transit times. Published transit times are based on the most common transit time between two countries to direct delivery areas in the destination country. The transit time for non-direct delivery areas is available through our customer service. Published transit times may vary, among other things, due to local customs procedures in the destination country or a non-average value, size or a non-average weight of a shipment.
National Holidays Germany
|1 jan||New Year's Day|
|15 apr||Good Friday|
|17 apr||Easter Sunday|
|18 apr||Easter Monday|
|1 may||Labour Day|
|13 may||Ascension Day|
|3 okt||German unity Day|
|25 dec||Christmas Day|
|26 dec||Chirstmas Day|
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