Overview of the Printing Industry in Germany and How to Buy Printers and Ink

An Overview of Germany

  • Germany has a population of 84 million.
  • Capital: Berlin
  • Official Language: German
  • Total Area: 357,386 km²
  • Currency: Euro

Economic Statistics of Germany

  • Germany has reached a GDP of $4.32 trillion USD. Its largest industries are
    1. Machinery & Automotive
    2. Chemical & Medical Manufacturing
    3. Food Processing
    4. Consumer & Services
    5. Electronics
  • The breakdown of Germany’ GDP Composition includes
    1. Services (68.6%)
    2. Industry (30.7%)
    3. Agriculture (0.7%)
  • The main importers of Germany’s goods are
    1. United States (8.6%)
    2. China (8.0%)
    3. France (7.5%)
    4. Netherlands (6.5%)
    5. United Kingdom (5.5%)
  • While the main exporters to Germany are
        1. Netherlands (10.0%)
        2. China (8.9%)
        3. France (7.5%)
        4. United States (5.4%)
        5. Italy (5.4%)

      The Printing Industry in Germany

      • As the economy in Germany has grown, there is an increased need to buy printers, consumables such as inks and makeups and cleaning solutions.
      • The Printing industry in Germany produces printed magazines, books, advertisements, calendars, postcards and stamps, among other items.
      • Exports of printing and paper technology “Made in Germany” reached a value of 4.6 billion Euro in 2017, of which more than 40 percent went to Europe.
      • However, over the past years, industry demand has declined due to increased digitalization and a growing number of consumers opting to purchase digital versions of industry products.
      • As a result, more people in Germany are looking for printers for sale whether from domestic sources or via imports.
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      The Packaging Industry in Germany

      • The German packaging machinery industry exports its machines and equipment to more than 100 countries worldwide, generating more than 80% of its turnover abroad.
      • In 2019, German manufacturers exported machinery and equipment worth €5,986 million, an increase of 2.3% over the previous year.
      • The German packaging industry is expected to record a CAGR of over 4.1% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026)
      • This boosting economy in Germany will continue to drive demand for industrial inkjet printer, printing equipment, printing parts, printing consumables such as inks, make ups and cleaning solutions.
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      The Manufacturing Industry in Germany

      • Manufacturing jobs account for a relatively high share of total employment in Germany.
      • Germany's manufacturing sector contributes much more to GDP than that of most of its European peers, its output constituting roughly 24% of gross value added.
      • Exports account for 52 percent of GDP in Germany. By contrast, the export share of GDP in the United States is only 14 percent.
      • Hence, Germany’s expanding manufacturing sector has increased demand for printing and industrial inksuch as Videojet ink, Inkjet refills, and Hitachi parts.

      Sea Ports and Trading Hubs of Germany

      1. Hamburg
      2. Bremerhaven
      3. Bremen
      4. Rostock
      5. Kiel
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      For importing Inkjet printers, Citronix printers, Videojet inks, and other spare parts, Camainks uses the largest port of Hamburg when exporting to our clients in Germany. We have exported items such as inkjet printers, CIJ printers, laser printers, and specialized brands of printer consumables including:

      • Videojet inks
      • Domino inks
      • Citronix CIJ inks
      • and other printer spare parts
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      What Printers and Ink Do Germany Import?

      Although Germany does have some manufacturers for printers and ink like Risograph ink and Domino Inkjet printer, Germany still needs to import from countries such as Netherlands, China, France, United States, and Italy. This demand for importing printers and ink in Germany is due to its fast-growing economy. Some printers, ink, and related consumables that Germany imports from these countries include,



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      What Regulations Are There on Importing Printers and Ink to Germany?

      • When goods are imported into Germany from non-European countries, tariff and non-tariff restrictions must be observed. It is important to say that few good traded in Germany are currently subject to direct market regulations, as the EU direct market regulations.
      • Good imported from non-EU countries into Germany are subject to the value-added tax of 19%. The import turnover tax may be lower in some particular cases (e.g., 7% as for food products, newspapers and books).
      • Import restrictions under foreign trade law are prohibitions (e.g., embargo measures), requirements for authorizations (e.g. the demand for import authorizations for certain textiles) and monitoring measures (e.g. monitoring documents for the import of sugar).
      • The import of certain chemical substances, preparations, and products is banned, or permitted only under certain conditions such as the presentation of a license or the prior completion of a notification procedure.
      • Because inks contain hazardous chemicals, it is important to follow Germany’s import regulations.
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      Why Should Germany Import Printers and Ink?

      1. Availability - The local industry has limited capacity and some clients in Germany require printers and ink promptly.
      2. High Product Cost - Given the domestic competition in Germany, printers and the continuous ink supply are more expensive to buy domestically than on the world market.
      3. Product Quality - While most international suppliers have a good brand reputation and quality, some smaller domestic manufacturers in Germany can have variant product quality.
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      Where Can I Buy Printers and Ink for Germany?

      If you are looking for individual use printers and inks, there are many domestic manufacturers and distributors available in Germany. However, if you looking for large quantities of inks, make ups and cleaning solutions, Camainks has been exporting print products such as Videojet ink, Linx printing technologies, and Markem Imaje 2200 to clients in Germany. Feel free to contact us at [email protected] or WhatsApp us at +86-131-2037-9271 for a FREE quotation. We also ship worldwide; for other countries, check out our experience here.