Export activities and international partnerships
An increasing number of skilled crafts enterprises export their products or provide services abroad and this trend is increasing. Over 40,000 enterprises from among the German skilled crafts sector sell their products and services abroad. The most important sales markets are the neighbouring European countries. The businesses obtain advice and practical support in their business activities abroad from over 60 export experts in the chambers and confederations of skilled crafts.
International procurement markets are also playing an ever more important role for the German skilled crafts sector. Cross-border cooperation is also gaining in importance. Moreover, the skilled crafts sector is committed to international partnerships and is involved in selected development cooperation projects.