In 2017, Scotland sold £2.3 billion worth of exports to Germany. This is 7.2% of Scotland’s total international exports. Between 2013 and 2017, Scottish exports to Germany increased by an average of 7.4% each year.

An image of Germany outlined on a map

The benefits of selling to Germany

The World Bank rates Germany as the 24th easiest country in the world to do business with.

Germany’s a good place to do business with because it:

  • is the largest economy in Europe
  • has a good business culture
  • has a stable economy
  • is open to new ideas for products and services

It’s also a good place for Scottish businesses to export to because:

  • there’s potential to grow your business over a long time
  • people and businesses look to buy similar things as in the UK
  • UK brands are trusted there
  • it has a high standard of living, so people have money to spend

What we could sell more of

A Trading Nation uses evidence to work out what Scotland could sell more of.

In Germany, the key sectors where Scotland could sell more are:

  • machinery and equipment
  • engineering services
  • transportation equipment
  • computer programming
  • chemical sciences
  • financial and business services
  • manufacturing of computer, electronic and optical products

An infographic of top opportunities in Germany

Help with exporting in Germany

Scottish Development International offices

Scottish Development International has an office in Dusseldorf. They have 4 members of staff focussed on:

  • energy
  • science and technology
  • industries that produce consumer goods

Innovation and Investment Hub

The Scottish Government have an office in Berlin. The Innovation and Investment Hub can help businesses:

  • with investment projects in Scotland and Germany
  • work with research, education and cultural institutions

GlobalScot

The GlobalScot network has 13 experts in Germany covering:

  • life sciences
  • financial and business services
  • chemical sciences
  • engineering
  • creative industries
  • construction
  • energy

We’re going to expand the GlobalScot network in Germany.

Department for International Trade

You can contact the Department for International Trade team in Germany to find opportunities for doing business there.

British Chamber of Commerce Germany

The British Chamber of Commerce Germany can offer members:

  • advice
  • introductions

They have an office in Berlin.

You can find more help with exporting.

You can also find more information on exporting to Germany in A Trading Nation.