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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!

Exports from Berlin rose in 2017 compared to the previous year by 1.3%. Companies from Berlin exported goods at a value of €15.37 billion. The main exports of Berlin's economy include, among others, pharmaceutical products, devices for producing electricity, machinery and transport equipment. However, with 11.7% Berlin has the lowest exporte quota of Germany's federal states. Berlin recorded a slight increase in imports as well, with a volume in 2017 of 13.8 billion euros (2016: €12.1 billion).


Accounting for 11.3% of total Berlin exports, the United States remain the most important target market for products from the German capital, followed by China, France, Switzerland and Poland. Around 59% of Berlin’s exports went to other EU countries. Russia has again started to buy more products from Berlin and  ranks 9th on the list of most important export countries (2016: 11th).


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