German Chamber Network (AHKs)
First port of call around the globe is the German Chambers of Commerce. It consists of bilatreal German Chambers, Delegations and Representations of German Industry and Commerce (AHKs). Bilateral Chambers are facilities in other countries funded by companies with their registered headquarters either in the host country or in Germany. Delegations and Representations as a rule are the stage prior to a bilateral Chamber. They can be found in countries where it is not (yet) possible to set up a bilateral Chamber according to the German understanding of an autonomous body or where they are busy preparing the establishment of such a bilateral chamber.
The AHKs are German industry's most important partner abroad on account of their profound knowledge of the market, the fact that they are integrated into the local economy and their experience in dealing with foreign regulations and authorities.
AHKs have existed for more than 100 years. The first AHK was established as far back as 1894 in Belgium. Further AHKs were set up as the German economy and the global business relations developed during the last century. These days there are AHKs in 80 countries with 120 locations worldwide. There is an AHK in all countries of particular interest to German business.