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The Ruhr Region -
Metropolitan region with international attraction
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IHK) Essen is located in an increasingly international (economic) region – the Ruhr Region. More than one in ten companies in the Ruhr Region have majority foreign ownership. This is a key finding of "International Ruhr Economy - foreign companies in the Ruhr Region 2015/2016" - the analysis of the number and fields of activities of foreign entrepreneurship in the Ruhr Region conducted by the Chambers of Commerce and Industry in the Ruhr Region. Please click at the following picture, to find the publication. http://www.essen.ihk24.de/blob/eihk24/international/publikationen/downloads/3384384/6898f8d078116db6ef381de44bef83bc/InternationalRuhrEconomy-data.pdf







The First Port of Call for Foreign Investors
Unfortunately you cannot find any guidelines on how to do business with enterprises in our region in any of the travel guides. The IHK and the regional economic development agencies offer an extensive range of services – from initial information about the advantages of the area and the conditions for doing business here, and consulting services for individual businesses, to specific support for building up business contacts and for business start-ups.
Our service
  • information and advice on political, economic and legal framework conditions in individual countries
  • advice in dealing with export and import business as well as foreign investments and joint ventures
  • support in seeking trading and cooperation partners abroad
  • information about trade fairs abroad
  • advice on customs procedures and preferential agreements
  • issuing  ATA Carnets
  • issuing  Certificates of  Origin and certification in foreign trade transactions
  • information about embargos and export regulations