Skip to main content

German Alliance for Trade Facilitation


         

Something new is coming up

The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation becomes one of the services for private sector cooperation of the Agency for Business & Economic Development (AWE). AWE operates as part of the business and development network Partners in Transformation.

Partners in Transformation is supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) to actively promote and strengthen cooperation with actors in the private sector: companies, trade unions, chambers of commerce, associations and other interest groups. Partners in Transformation emphasizes the partnership between the private sector and development cooperation, with the shared goal of achieving a social and environmental transformation in BMZ’s partner countries.

Together for fast and simple trade

The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation is a public-private partnership. With support from the German Federal Government, companies, business associations and ministries around the world come together to make international trade faster and simpler.

In the joint projects, the time and costs involved in cross-border trade are reduced significantly. The German Alliance assist developing countries and emerging economies in removing bureaucratic barriers and making customs procedures more efficient and secure, in particular through use of digital solutions.

The World Trade Organization’s Trade Facilitation Agreement creates the framework for our strategy and approach. Furthermore, projects aim at implementation of trade facilitation measures as part of regional trade agreements, such as the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). By facilitating trade and economic development the Alliance contributes to the 2030 Agenda and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

How we work

Solution-Oriented

The German Alliance achieves measurable cost and time savings in customs and trade processes.

Collaborative

The German Alliance creates a global network that brings together players from the public and private sectors.

Global

The German Alliance has a presence in Germany and partner countries, and manages a global network.

Value-Based

The German Alliance and its partners contribute to sustainable development in the spirit of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the TFA.

News

      Projects

      Testimonials from our partners

      • Dr. Thomas Becker

        HEAD OF POLICY AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS, BMW AG

        The BMW Group stands for worldwide free trade. As a company that operates in international markets and maintains a global production network, barrier-free market access is a decisive success factor for us. The members of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation are involved in tailor-made sustainable projects to remove barriers to cross-border trade. This benefits both the companies involved and the partner countries. The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation thus makes a significant contribution to growth, prosperity and employment in the global economy.

      • Jochen Dächert

        VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL CUSTOMS & FOREIGN TRADE, BASF SE

        Our chemistry is used in almost all industries. Our products are manufactured at more than 347 locations worldwide and supplied to customers all over the world. Free global trade is essential for this. The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation supports these efforts in very concrete ways in order to facilitate trade in different countries. In particular, cooperation with local authorities represents a high added value for globally active companies such as BASF, because free world trade enables us to supply our customers more reliably and faster.

      • Tanja Gönner

        FORMER CHAIR OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD, DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ) GMBH

        Over 100% more customs clearances within one hour of the arrival of goods using digital customs processes: this success has been achieved by GIZ together with companies, associations and partner countries in projects of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The partners in the German Alliance are working together to reduce time and costs in cross-border trade. GIZ ensures that German Alliance projects bring about sustainable changes for all parties involved, for partner countries and for the economy.

      • Dr. Gerd Müller

        FORMER FEDERAL MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

        Developing countries need fair trade. In this regard, we are making much greater leaps in development than with public money. Reducing trade barriers helps developing countries to participate in local, regional and global trade. The costs of trade are reduced, and fair competition can take place. At the same time, these simplifications help local producers and create new opportunities for investment and development — and this is also true for German companies. We need the expertise of German industry so that we can improve trade with developing countries in a targeted manner. This is what we are achieving together with our partners in the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation.

      • Dagmar Mundani

        GENERAL COUNSEL, SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS AG

        Moving up the value chain and tapping into global markets is one of the main challenges for many developing countries. Often, high transaction costs impede the access of domestic businesses to global markets. Overcoming trade barriers is crucial to tackle this challenge. Government, business and development organizations need to join forces to work together on reducing red tape at the border and making trade and customs procedures faster and easier. In its targeted trade facilitation projects worldwide, the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation aims to reduce time and costs for trade procedures, benefiting businesses and governments alike.

        We encourage companies to join forces with this important initiative.

      • Steven Pope

        VICE PRESIDENT CUSTOMS & REGULATORY AFFAIRS, DHL EXPRESS EUROPE

        As the world’s most international company, at DHL, in offering logistics solutions to our customers, we see firsthand the negative impact of overly bureaucratic and costly customs and border controls. The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation offers us and many other German businesses the opportunity to help change the landscape, working together with the German government to improve the trading environment via well-defined, outcome-oriented projects in target countries. Combining the expertise of the business community with the development expertise of GIZ maximizes the opportunity to deliver real sustainable growth. Supporting trade is our business, and supporting the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation was an opportunity that we could not and would not want to miss.

      • Eckart von Klaeden

        VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG

        The automotive industry is undergoing the greatest transformation in its history. We can only successfully address the shift toward e-mobility, increasing digitalization and the challenge of climate protection on a global scale. Free trade and fair competition form the basis for prosperity, growth and innovative strength. In the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, we are therefore committed to the sustainable dismantling of trade barriers of all kinds. With its diverse projects, the alliance strengthens the integration of new markets into global value chains, thus creating a win-win situation for all parties involved.

        • Dr. Thomas Becker

          HEAD OF POLICY AND EXTERNAL RELATIONS, BMW AG

          The BMW Group stands for worldwide free trade. As a company that operates in international markets and maintains a global production network, barrier-free market access is a decisive success factor for us. The members of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation are involved in tailor-made sustainable projects to remove barriers to cross-border trade. This benefits both the companies involved and the partner countries. The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation thus makes a significant contribution to growth, prosperity and employment in the global economy.

        • Jochen Dächert

          VICE PRESIDENT GLOBAL CUSTOMS & FOREIGN TRADE, BASF SE

          Our chemistry is used in almost all industries. Our products are manufactured at more than 347 locations worldwide and supplied to customers all over the world. Free global trade is essential for this. The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation supports these efforts in very concrete ways in order to facilitate trade in different countries. In particular, cooperation with local authorities represents a high added value for globally active companies such as BASF, because free world trade enables us to supply our customers more reliably and faster.

        • Tanja Gönner

          FORMER CHAIR OF THE MANAGEMENT BOARD, DEUTSCHE GESELLSCHAFT FÜR INTERNATIONALE ZUSAMMENARBEIT (GIZ) GMBH

          Over 100% more customs clearances within one hour of the arrival of goods using digital customs processes: this success has been achieved by GIZ together with companies, associations and partner countries in projects of the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The partners in the German Alliance are working together to reduce time and costs in cross-border trade. GIZ ensures that German Alliance projects bring about sustainable changes for all parties involved, for partner countries and for the economy.

        • Dr. Gerd Müller

          FORMER FEDERAL MINISTER FOR ECONOMIC COOPERATION AND DEVELOPMENT

          Developing countries need fair trade. In this regard, we are making much greater leaps in development than with public money. Reducing trade barriers helps developing countries to participate in local, regional and global trade. The costs of trade are reduced, and fair competition can take place. At the same time, these simplifications help local producers and create new opportunities for investment and development — and this is also true for German companies. We need the expertise of German industry so that we can improve trade with developing countries in a targeted manner. This is what we are achieving together with our partners in the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation.

        • Dagmar Mundani

          GENERAL COUNSEL, SIEMENS HEALTHINEERS AG

          Moving up the value chain and tapping into global markets is one of the main challenges for many developing countries. Often, high transaction costs impede the access of domestic businesses to global markets. Overcoming trade barriers is crucial to tackle this challenge. Government, business and development organizations need to join forces to work together on reducing red tape at the border and making trade and customs procedures faster and easier. In its targeted trade facilitation projects worldwide, the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation aims to reduce time and costs for trade procedures, benefiting businesses and governments alike.

          We encourage companies to join forces with this important initiative.

        • Steven Pope

          VICE PRESIDENT CUSTOMS & REGULATORY AFFAIRS, DHL EXPRESS EUROPE

          As the world’s most international company, at DHL, in offering logistics solutions to our customers, we see firsthand the negative impact of overly bureaucratic and costly customs and border controls. The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation offers us and many other German businesses the opportunity to help change the landscape, working together with the German government to improve the trading environment via well-defined, outcome-oriented projects in target countries. Combining the expertise of the business community with the development expertise of GIZ maximizes the opportunity to deliver real sustainable growth. Supporting trade is our business, and supporting the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation was an opportunity that we could not and would not want to miss.

        • Eckart von Klaeden

          VICE PRESIDENT, HEAD OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS, MERCEDES-BENZ GROUP AG

          The automotive industry is undergoing the greatest transformation in its history. We can only successfully address the shift toward e-mobility, increasing digitalization and the challenge of climate protection on a global scale. Free trade and fair competition form the basis for prosperity, growth and innovative strength. In the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, we are therefore committed to the sustainable dismantling of trade barriers of all kinds. With its diverse projects, the alliance strengthens the integration of new markets into global value chains, thus creating a win-win situation for all parties involved.

          Join us

          The German Alliance thrives on the active contributions of its partners. We invite all interested companies, business associations and government institutions to engage with us to make international trade faster and more efficient.

          Photo credits header: Photo Gallery – stock.adobe.com

          giz-logo