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Berlin’s foreign trade - Made in Berlin

Berlin products are in demand across the globe as never before: In 2017 Berlin-based companies exported goods valued at over 15 billion euros – a new export record!

Beside ofthe United States,China and Franceit'sSwitzerland, Polandand Italywho are Berlin's most importantforeign trading partners.

Berlin exports fell by 2.7% in 2018 compared with the previous year. Companies from Berlin exported goods at a value of €14.42  billion. The main exports of Berlin's economy include, among others, pharmaceutical products, devices for producing electricity, machinery and transport equipment. However, with 11% Berlin has the lowest exporte quota of Germany's federal states. In 2017 Berlin recorded a slight increase in imports, with a volume in 2017 of 13.8 billion euros (2016: €12.1 billion).


Accounting for 12.6% of total Berlin exports, the United States remain the most important target market for products from the German capital, followed by China, France, Italy and the Netherlands. 45.6% of all Berlin exports went to the EU. Berlin's exports to European countries thus increased by 14.2% and by 6.5% in all EU countries. 


International connections

Excellent networking through17 internationalsister cities and other types of cooperationand approximately160 diplomaticrepresentations,international business groups,chambers of commerce andorganizations on site.Wide support network for funding and subsidiesprovided by various institutionsLocated in the heart ofEurope withexcellentinternationalconnections