Newsletter April 2016


German companies profit from strong dollar and report record earnings in euros. 2015 proved to be another successful year for German businesses in the U.S. The Top50 Ranking of German Firms, a survey conducted by the German American Chambers of Commerce, shows that German companies in the U.S. continue to profit from strong domestic demand and the equally strong currency. Revenue generated in U.S. dollars, once converted into euros, resulted in record earnings for German companies in the U.S. In total, the Top50 German companies generated over $400 billion in revenue and employed almost 750,000 people in 2015. 

VAT Refund Possibilities when Attending Hannover Fair in Germany, April 2016

Many of the North American companies that are planning to attend the Hannover Messe this month are not aware of the Value Added Tax (VAT) refund possibilities of up to 7% / 19% VAT when they travel and do business within Germany. Examples of refundable expenses are tradeshow expenses, hotels and car rentals. Some companies might also want to ship products into Germany for the tradeshow. If shipments are not set up correctly ahead of time, the 19% import VAT might end up as a cost that usually cannot be reclaimed after the fact. It is extremely important to seek advice ahead of time. Feel free to visit Euro VAT Refund’s website, or contact Euro VAT Refund’s VAT experts for further advice and information. 

FC Bayern Summer Tour

Following a successful visit in 2014, FC Bayern Munich will return to the US with the “Audi Summer Tour 2016” and participate in the “International Champions Cup” (ICC) from July 25 through August 4, in preparation for the upcoming season. This will be the first time FC Bayern will participate in the ICC, which will feature three high-profile games in three major US cities. More

Chicago @ Soldier Field July 27 – FC Bayern vs AC Milan
Charlotte @ Bank of America Stadium July 30 – FC Bayern vs Inter Milan
New York @ MetLife Stadium August 3 – FC Bayern vs Real Madrid

SAVE THE DATE: 5/12/2016 GACC Showroom Tour | Soho

The GACC Showroom Tour, a new and exciting program brought to your by the GACC New York, will highlight German showroom clusters in Manhattan, combining different segments of B2C products like fashion, jewelry, sportswear, and many more. We are planning three tours in 2016. 

The first GACC Showroom Tour – Soho!, on May 12, 2016 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, will include five locations and is targeted towards our executive membership, allowing for a more personal shopping experience than an ordinary site visit. All selected locations are within easy walking distance of one another. Time spent at each location is app. 15-20 minutes. For additional information and registration please contact our events team

Participating showrooms: Porsche Design, Hugo Boss, Liebeskind, Mykita, final get together at German brewery and restaurant Paulaner



STEP NYC - Pitch Night

3/3/16 | WeWork Charging Bull | 25 Broadway | New York Image Gallery


The GACC New York supports companies in actively recruiting skilled and multilingual personnel through as well as applicants in finding permanent employment or internships in the U.S. through posted job advertisements. We are specialized in German- and English- speaking candidates who are eligible to work in the U.S. 

Add your resume to our Talent Network by sending us an email to talentnetwork(at) and check out our current listings

The GACC is currently looking for

  • an intern for Germany Trade & Invest 
  • an intern with the New York representative office of a German federal state 

Our clients are looking for:

  • an intern in Finance

The German American Chamber of Commerce is also an official sponsor for J-1 visas in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainee" and can help you in obtaining your J-1 visa. Please contact us at and visit our website at


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REIFEN Goes Automechanika Frankfurt

Two Premier Global Fairs in One Place: Beginning in 2018, Messe Essen and Messe Frankfurt Jointly Stage Co-Located Show in Frankfurt

Messe Essen and Messe Frankfurt are adding another chapter to their cooperation by staging REIFEN in Frankfurt for the first time parallel to Automechanika in the new Hall 12. In addition, exhibitors at REIFEN will profit from the international network of Automechanika with 14 other events currently in 13 countries. REIFEN will join those shows and take place simultaneously. Afterall, Messe Essen and Messe Frankfurt have been successfully collaborating since 2014 and presenting REIFEN and Automechanika together at selected locations abroad, the premier fairs will now combine even closer together. More

Upcoming Trade Shows

Essen Trade Fairs

Munich Trade Fairs

April 23 – 25
European Bridal Week

May 11 – 13
Hortiflorexpo IPM Beijing China

May 12 – 14 
International Stamp Fair

May 17 – 20
Svarka/Welding in St Petersburg, Russia

May 24 – 27
REIFEN - # 1 in Tires

May 24 – 27
Rubbertech Europe  

June 13 – 15
Hortivation in Kalkar 

June 14 – 17
Beijing Essen Welding & Cutting

September 27 – 30
Security Essen

April 11-17, 2016
bauma 2016

May 10 – 13, 2016
analytica 2016

May 30 – June 3, 2016
IFAT 2016

June 14 – 16, 2016
transport logistic China

June 21 – 24, 2016

September 14 – 15, 2016
food and drink technology Africa

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