Foreign-trade Activities and international partnerships
Skilled crafts enterprises identify and use their export opportunities. Around 50000 companies sell their products and services abroad. The most important sales markets are in the neighbouring European countries with customers who have high quality standards or demand individual services. The businesses obtain advice and practical support in their business activities abroad from more than 100 foreign trade experts in the skilled crafts chambers and national confederations of skilled crafts as well as in the German chambers of foreign trade (AHKs) in 90 countries.
The German skilled crafts organisations are involved in many international partnerships and participate in development cooperation projects. The focus is on supporting the small business chambers and associations in developing and newly industrialised countries as well as on the export of vocational training. With around 550 training centres, the skilled crafts organisations have a variety of skills at their command, ranging from the organisation and design of vocational training courses up to the delivery of training courses and the holding of examinations. The skilled crafts organisations are therefore an attractive partner to help meet the global demand for commercially and technically qualified professionals.