German Alliance
for Trade Facilitation

Gemeinsam für freien
und fairen Handel

Together for fast and transparent trade.

The German Alliance for Trade Facilitation brings German and international companies together with actors from business and government in partner countries. In our projects, we reduce bureaucratic barriers and facilitate transparent customs, export and import conditions.

With the support of the German Federal Government, the Alliance combines the strengths of companies, business associations and ministries to create sustainable change. Within the framework of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) agreed by the World Trade Organization (WTO), we support the economic development of emerging and developing countries through fair trade, and contribute to the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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How We Work

Solution-Oriented

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

Collaborative

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

Global

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

Value-Based

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

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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

(translated from German)

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

(translated from German)

Non-tariff barriers in the export of goods to foreign markets cost German companies several million euros each year. They are also one of the central obstacles to the integration of developing and emerging countries into the world economy. In the German Alliance for Trade Facilitation, German companies work together with partners specifically to bring about more efficient customs clearance in the partner countries. This facilitates trade, reduces costs and brings more prosperity in the long term. The BDI therefore supports this initiative as a member of the steering committee and in its implementation with the companies of the member associations.

Dr. Stefan Mair, Member of the Executive Board, Bundesverband der Deutschen Industrie e.V. (BDI)

(translated from German)

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

(translated from German)

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

(translated from German)

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

(translated from German)

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

Projects

Project Idea

Ukraine

Implementation of an Electronic
Pre-Arrival Customs Clearance Systems

Serbia

Implementation of an Electronic
Pre-Arrival Customs Clearance Systems

Montenegro

Planned Cooperation towards an
Integrated Risk Management System

Indonesia

Implementation of an Electronic
Pre-Arrival Customs Clearance Systems

Moldova

Project Idea

Brazil