Germany - Country Commercial Guide
Trade Barriers

Includes the barriers (tariff and non-tariff) that U.S. companies face when exporting to this country.

Last published date: 2021-10-07

Germany’s regulations and bureaucratic procedures can be a difficult hurdle for companies wishing to enter the market and require close attention by U.S. exporters. Complex safety standards, not normally discriminatory but sometimes rigorously applied, complicate access to the market for many U.S. products. U.S. suppliers are well advised to do their homework thoroughly and make sure they know precisely which standards apply to their product and that they obtain timely testing and certification. 

For information on existing trade barriers, please see the National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers published by USTR.  Additional resources:  SBA’s Office of International Trade  and Trade and Development Agency

Information on agricultural trade barriers can be found at the following website: Foreign Agricultural Service 

To report existing or new trade barriers and get assistance in removing them, contact the Trade Compliance Center.  For information on EU retaliatory tariffs on U.S. goods see the list on the Department of Commerce website.