German Alliance
for Trade Facilitation

Gemeinsam für freien
und fairen Handel

Together for fast and transparent trade.

The German Alliance is a public private partnership with the aim at making international trade faster and simpler. We combine the strengths of companies, business associations, and governmental institutions. In its numerous trade facilitation projects, the Alliance engages where business and government interests match. We create opportunities for economic development in emerging and developing countries.

The Alliance is guided by the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) and funded by the German government. The Secretariat of the Alliance is hosted by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).

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How We Work


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


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


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


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

Testimonials from Our Partners

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

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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.

Dr. Gerd Müller, Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development

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Tanja Gönner, 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 Alliance are working together to reduce time and costs in cross-border trade. GIZ ensures that Alliance projects bring about sustainable changes for all parties involved, for partner countries and for the economy.

Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

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With its broad range from premium cars to heavy commercial vehicles, Daimler AG is one of the largest international automobile manufacturers. Our value creation is global and interconnected, which is why we rely on free trade. In the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, we are therefore committed to the sustainable removal of trade barriers of all kinds. The Alliance’s very concrete and specific projects in developing and emerging countries strengthen local companies and facilitate their integration into global value chains. In this way, the Alliance creates win-win situations for everyone involved.

Eckart von Klaeden, Vice President External Affairs, Daimler AG

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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.

Jochen Dächert, Vice President Global Customs and Foreign Trade, BASF SE

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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.

Dr. Thomas Becker, Head of Policy and External Relations, BMW AG

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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.

Steven Pope, Vice President Customs and Regulatory Affairs, DHL Express Europe

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.

Dagmar Mundani, General Counsel, Siemens Healthineers AG