AGN Live Country Guides

Doing Business in Germany

Published in February 2018

The Federal Republic of Germany is the largest economy in Europe and fifth largest in the world. With 137,847 square miles, bordering with 9 countries, Germany is the most populated member estate in the European Union, with 80.6 million inhabitants, and the second most popular human migration destination.
 
In 2017 the country registered $4.15Tof GDP, and the annual growth during 2017 ascended to 2.1%. In 2018 it is expected that domestic consumption, bolstered by low energy prices and a weak euro, and exports will drive a GDP growth again.
 
Germany is categorized by the World Bank as High Income, with a GDP per capita of $50,200 and a population that is highly demanding on new products and services.
 
Leading world car exports ($150B, 11%), they are the 3rd largest exporter in the world, producing a positive trade balance. Germany is also the 3rd largest importer in the world, buying crude petroleum and cars amongst other products.

 

Major reasons to do business in Germany:

  • The engine of the economy in Europe, with higher exports rate in the region
    Huge domestic market, with around 81 million people with high income, the consumer market offers good opportunities to foreign companies
    Efficiency – the level of productivity is the highest in the world, offering a cost-effective  production locations, and highly developed infrastructures
    Labour force highly skilled, 81% of the population having been trained to university entrance level
    Stable investor friendly market
    SMEs friendly – 85% of the companies are SMEs that are highly specialized in their market
    Ease of doing business (World Bank): 20

 

Relationships with international businesses continue. In order to avoid the 'redundancy' risk of the use of static data about various countries, this portal incorporates various live data feeds from:
•                 The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
•                 The World Bank
•                 The observatory of Economic Complexity
The intention is to provide access to live information extracted from the regularly refreshed databases maintained by these organisations.

 

 

Use the navigations buttons below to access to more live data:
Inflation, Development indicators, Exports, Trade Balance, and more.

OECD Country Comparison Portal

The window below is a direct feed of regularly updated information from the OECD. It provides data concerning everything from GDP growth, fiscal balance, investment, and unemployment rates to consumption, import volume and export volume. The window allows comparisons between several countries of the OECD average for these factors.

Inflation (CPI)

Total, Annual growth rate (%)

World Bank Development Indicators

Exports

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods exported from Germany.

Imports

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC). Products, represented by rectangles, are drawn from the 775 individual product classes found in the Standardized International Trade Code.

This graph shows volumes of goods imported into Germany.

Trade Balance

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph illustrates the subsequent trade balance of exports and imports to and from Germany.

Destinations

This graph is taken from The Observatory of Economic Complexity (OEC).

This graph shows the destinations of goods and services by country.

 

Business Opportunities in Europe:

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NOWS THE TIME TO REVIEW YOUR FOREIGN CURRENCY LOAN     (July 2017)

Foreign Currency Loans became very popular a few years ago. Depending on the currency they potentially offered consumers and companies low interest rates, at attractive exchange rates. But recent experience has shown they can become a problem where they have been sold to consumers and small firms that may not be familiar with the potential pitfalls of such sudden changes in exchange rates. Many legacy loans are still active and still causing problems.

There are professional ways to hand foreign currency loans through Managed Currency Mortgages. A successful currency manager will move the borrower's debt into a currency which subsequently falls in value against the base currency.

For more information about how to hand foreign currency loans through Managed Currency Mortgages, contact an AGN member that can help you.


TAX PUBLICATIONS:


The AGN European Region produces annual tax brochures that compare taxes among European countries. Interesting comparisons from year to year give insight into trends.

These surveys are available by report type and year.

Learn more
 

The AGN European Region produces annual tax brochures that compare taxes among European countries. Interesting comparisons from year to year give insight into trends.

These surveys are available by report type and year.

Learn more
 

AGN News:

December 2018

ICT-Security Conference 2018 in Alpbach, Austria


Multicont and CRC were exhibitors at the largest security conference in the German-speaking region.

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November 2018

Swiss Corporate Tax Reform (TRAF)


On 28 September 2018, the Swiss Federal Parliament adopted the tax reform known as Tax Proposal 17 (TP 17) or Federal Act on Tax Reform and AHV Financing (TRAF). Amongst others, the aim of this tax reform is to guarantee the international acceptance of Swiss corporate taxation and thus the tax reform includes the abolition of cantonal tax privileges for holding, domicile and mixed companies. However, the tax reform also contains various measures, which ensure the tax attractiveness of Switzerland as a business location.

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AGN Firms in the country


Germany
Becker Buttner Held
Pfeuferstraße 7
81373 München
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: +49 (0)361 644 74 49-0
EMail: bbh@bbh-online.de
BECKER BUTTNER HELD - Berlin
Magazinstrasse 15-16
10179 Berlin
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: +49 (0)30 611 28 40-0
EMail: bbh@bbh-online.de
BECKER BUTTNER HELD - Erfurt
Regierungsstraße 64
9908 Erfurt
Time Zone: GMT+1
Phone: +49 (0)361 644 74 49-0
EMail: bbh@bbh-online.de
BECKER BUTTNER HELD - Hamburg
Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße 93
2035 Hamburg
Time Zone:
Phone: +49 (0)40 341 069-0
EMail: bbh@bbh-online.de
BECKER BUTTNER HELD - Koeln
KAP am Südkai
Agrippinawerft 26-30
50678 Koeln
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: +49 (0)221 650 25-0
EMail: bbh@bbh-online.de
BECKER BUTTNER HELD - Stuttgart
Industriestrasse 3
70565 Stuttgart
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: +49 (0)711 722 47-0
EMail: bbh@bbh-online.de
Bohn Dollenmayer Dambeck
Garmischer Strasse 8-10
80339 Munich
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 89) 500 37 50
EMail: kanzlei@bohn-partner.de
Frankus | Wirtschaftsprüfer · Steuerberater · Rechtsanwälte
Steinstrasse 27
40210 Düsseldorf
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 211) 86 29 00 0
EMail: postmaster@frankus.com
Invra Teuhand AG
Untere Weidenstrasse 5
81543 Munich
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 89) 20 60 31 29-0
EMail: muenchen@invra.de
INVRA TREUHAND AG - Berlin
Magazinstrasse 15-16
10179 Berlin
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 30) 80 09 2986
EMail: berlin@invra.de
INVRA TREUHAND AG - Köln
KAP am Südkai
Agrippinawerft 30
50678 Koln
Time Zone:
Phone: (+49 221) 65 03 68 30
EMail: koeln@invra.de
INVRA TREUHAND AG - Munich

81543 Hamburg
Time Zone:
Phone: (+49 89) 20 60 31 29-0
EMail:
INVRA TREUHAND AG - Stuttgart
Industriestrasse 3
70565 Stuttgart
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 711) 78 28 440
EMail: stuttgart@invra.de
MTG Group
Erlenstegenstrasse 7
90491 NUREMBERG
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 911) 95 05 501 0
EMail: info@mtg-group.de
MTG GROUP - Regensburg
Merianweg 3a
93051 Regensburg
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 941) 20 86 45 0
EMail: info@mtg-group.de
MTG GROUP - Ingolstadt
Manchinger Strasse 132
85053 Ingolstadt
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 841) 96 508 0
EMail: info@mtg-group.de
MTG GROUP - Keilhem
Lugwigstrasse 4
93309 Kelheim
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 911) 95055010
EMail: info@mtg-group.de
MTG GROUP - Straubing
Stadtgraben 29
94319 Straubing
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 9421) 83 81 0
EMail: info@mtg-group.de
Schaffer & Partner Audit & Tax and Schaffer & Partner Legal
Aeussere Sulzbacher Str. 118
90491 Nuremberg
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 911) 95 99 80
EMail: nue@schaffer-partner.de
SH+C GmbH WPG StBG
Linprunstrasse 49
80335 Munich
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 89) 547 090 0
EMail: info@shc.de
SMC Revisions und Treuhand GmbH
WestendGate
Hamburger Allee 2-4
60486 Frankfurt
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 69) 27 11 81 50
EMail: mail@smp-frankfurt.de
Stolze - Dr. Diers - Beermann GmbH
Neubruckenstrasse 5
48429 Emsdetten
Time Zone:
Phone: +49 (0)5971 808 226
EMail: beermann@stodibe.de
Stolze - Dr. Diers - Beermann GmbH
Timmermanufer 142 Rheine
48429 Rheine
Time Zone:
Phone: +49 (0)5971 808 226
EMail: beermann@stodibe.de
WIRA AG
Heidenkampsweg 51
20097 Hamburg
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 40) 410 988 394
EMail: ham@wira-audit.org
WIRA AG
Linprunstrasse 49
80335 Munich
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 89) 547 090 500
EMail: muc@wira-audit.org
WIRA AG
Aeussere Sulzbacher Str. 118
90491 Nuremberg
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 911) 959 98 260
EMail: nue@wira-audit.org
WIRA AG
Schulze Delitzsch-Strasse 28
70565 Stuttgart
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 711) 489 31 300
EMail: str@wira-audit.org
Wirtschaftstreuhand Group
Wirtschaftstreuhand GmbH
Schulze-Delitzsch-Strasse 28
70565 Stuttgart
(P.O.Box 801154 70511 Stuttgart)
Time Zone: GMT+1
Phone: (+49 711) 48 93 10
EMail: info@wirtschaftstreuhand.de
WIRTSCHAFTSTREUHAND GROUP - Meissen
Schenk Wirtschaftstreuhand GmbH
Elbestrasse 1
01622 Meißen
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 3521) 41 28 0
EMail: info@schenk-wirtschaftstreuhand-meissen.de
WIRTSCHAFTSTREUHAND GROUP - Munich
Prannerstrasse 6
80333 Munich
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 89) 52 03 37 0
EMail: info-muc@wirtschaftstreuhand.de
WIRTSCHAFTSTREUHAND GROUP - Schorndorf
Rehhaldenweg 60
73614 Schorndorf
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 7181) 99 02 80
EMail: info-sdf@wirtschaftstreuhand.de
WLP GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft Steuerberatungsgesellschaft
Süderstr. 73
20097 Hamburg
Time Zone: GMT +1
Phone: (+49 40) 41 09 88 30
EMail: wlp@wlp-gmbh.de
WSR Cintinus GmbH
Koenigstraße 8
D-01097 Dresden
Time Zone:
Phone: (+ 49 351) 56 39 39 60
EMail: Peter.Gassen@cintinus.com
Contact Partner: Peter Gassen