Who we are
The German Chambers of Commerce Abroad
We advise, support and represent German companies worldwide that wish to develop or expand their business activities abroad. The AHKs are institutions of German foreign trade promotion.
The network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad (AHKs), which consists of bilateral chambers of commerce abroad, delegations and representatives of German business, advises, consults and represents German companies worldwide that wish to develop or expand their business activities abroad. The AHKs are institutions of German foreign trade promotion. The Association of German Chambers of Commerce e.V. (DIHK) continuously coordinates and develops the network of German Chambers of Commerce Abroad. They are co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).
The AHKs represent German business interests in 130 locations in ninety countries. They are membership organisations with approximately 45,000 membership companies worldwide. At the same time, the German Chambers of Commerce Abroad represent links between cultures. They are at home in two mentalities and in numerous languages. They have served as reliable partners for companies in their activities abroad for over 120 years.
In Germany and the world over
The close partnership of the AHKs with the 79 chambers of industry and commerce (IHKs) in Germany guarantees an understanding of the needs of the economy. Thanks to the good cooperation of both structures at home and abroad, business enquiries are channelled to experts on location directly and are answered providing solutions fit for the market. Special events at the IHKs concerning a specific country or region are prepared and conducted in conjunction with the respective AHKs. The IHKs are institutions of economic self-administration, they represent the interests of all businesses in their region towards the municipal administration, federal state government as well as politicians in general and the public. This is how a direct connection is forged between the economy in Germany and abroad.
Get to know us better
From the IHK and the DEinternational brochures, you will learn everything worth knowing about our network in brief on 16 pages each.